Is Life’s Greatest Gift, Suffering?

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“Should you shield the canyons from the windstorms, you would never see the true beauty of their carvings.”
Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

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Suffering can bring us beauty.

My Story

The Army

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1. Suffering Made Me Wiser

2. It Made Me More Resilient

3. Almost always, Suffering Was Temporary

4. Suffering Resulted In Me Having Empathy For Others

  1. They become hostages. They can never overcome the pains of their past. It’s so debilitating it leads to their destruction. Some people experience suffering so deep that they can’t dig themselves out of the darkness. It either leads to their death or them never reaching their full potential in life. It remains a weight they continue to bear their entire lives.
  2. They become angry. They project their pain on others because they don’t know how to deal with it. Instead of hurting themselves, they hurt others.
  3. They help others. Some people learn from suffering and use their experience to help others by recognizing their suffering at the moment. Their pain enables them to have a visceral reaction to others who suffer. They become their advocates because they understand their journey. Sometimes the empathy they experience becomes compassion when they take action to alleviate someone else's suffering.

5. It Changed My Perspective

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Trevor Woods

I’m a Father, Husband, and Veteran. I write about Personal Growth, Mental Health, and Careers!