Posted by: ritagone | September 7, 2016

A Bit About Suffering


“A bar of iron27752-suffering-man-1200w-tn, worth 1 pound, when wrought into horseshoes, is worth 2 pounds; if made into needles, it is worth 70 pounds; if into penknife blades, it is worth 650 pounds, into springs for watches it is worth 50,000 pounds. The more it is hammered and passed through the fire and polished, the greater its value. Those who suffer most are capable of yielding most.” – F.B. Meyer




We all know people who are suffering or have suffered. It is a part of the human condition, like breathing in and out or requiring food and water. So it’s not what you suffer that makes you unique; it’s how you handle what you suffer. Anne Morrow Lindbergh, who certainly endured her share of suffering in her life, wrote, “I do not believe that sheer suffering teaches. If suffering alone taught, all the world would be wise, since everyone suffers. To suffering must be added mourning, understanding, patience, love, openness and the willingness to remain vulnerable.”

How are you doing in the mourning camp where your suffering is concerned? Or understanding? How’s your patience? Your love? How open are you to what comes your way? And how willing are you to remain vulnerable to further suffering and sorrow? Are you willing to even ask yourself these questions, or are they too painful to face?

All around our current world people suffer every single day. Some would argue that the world in 2016 is filled with more suffering than ever before, but perhaps that’s just because we have cameras capturing more of what’s going on than ever before. We’re recording and listening in and preserving and capturing at a record rate. We know instantly when someone or groups of people are hurting. Across the globe we see it and can feel it immediately.

Good? Bad? Indifferent? Who knows. It is what it is. People argue about going back to “the good old days” of less media coverage. It probably isn’t going to happen unless a Mr. Robot sabotages the global technology system. Unlikely. And until then…

You and I can’t control the media blitz except to perhaps turn it off in our own world and in our own homes.

But what we can control to some extent is how we react and live with our own suffering and the suffering going on around us.

“No man is an island,” John Donne wrote. “Every man’s death diminishes me,” he also said. I would like to live in such a way that every person I know who suffers knows that their suffering is being met with understanding and compassion and patience and love on my part.

Now that would be an antidote to suffering if ever there was one.




  1. Wow, you have got to turn all of your blogs into a book. This one is so good and so true. See you tonight.

    Sent from my iPhone


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