Suffering Induces Motivation (365 Days of Spirited Living – DAY 88)
“The wound is the place where the light enters you.”
Unless you’re one of the few people who exists in this world who are gluttons for pain, it’s safe to assume that most of us don’t like suffering of any kind. I’m one of the most of us. Believe me, I’ve had my share of pain and moments of suffering, and don’t remember liking anything particular about those experiences. If success could be achieved without even the mildest form of suffering, more people would be successful.
Times of great suffering shape our memories. They also form our deepest motivation for moving forward after a difficult experience. How we cope in times of heartbreak and grief often show us and others who we really are or who we can be. Death, loss, and sadness are necessary to give us strong minds and tender souls. Shielding ourselves from suffering is like a farmer covering crops so they won’t feel rain. True beauty and strength emerges when we allow suffer not to break us, but to make us.
Certain experiences of suffering can drive our ambitions to help make a difference in the world. The basis of almost every invention or innovative idea is to do some good for another person or to benefit humanity in some significant way. Having a mindset of victory instead of defeat, overcoming instead of losing, is important for personal growth and creativity to emerge. The key is to make sure our pain is not just an experience we endure, but a lesson we learn and a point of maturity that we embrace.
We don’t have to go far to realize that life for everyone is filled with some sort of trouble and trial. But if we quit and give up or grow bitter and angry, we lose — big time. Depression and insensitivity to life is most always the result if we don’t endure the difficult times. If you go behind the scenes of the lives of some of the most creative and talented people in the world, you will not find perfect, easy lives, but souls seared by scars who chose to become stronger.
“Suffering has been stronger than all other teaching, and has taught me to understand what your heart used to be. I have been bent and broken, but – I hope – into a better shape.”
— Charles Dickens