“Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it.” ~Helen Keller
The world’s suffering is easy to see. It dominates the headlines and surrounds us all the time. The overcoming it tends to be quieter, more subtle, and less advertised, but it’s there all the same if we watch for it.
“Contrary to what we may have been taught to think, unnecessary and unchosen suffering wounds us, but need not scar us for life. It does mark us. What we allow the mark of our suffering to become is in our own hands.” ~bell hooks
This really gets to the essence of kintsugi living, doesn’t it? We always have the choice of “what we allow the mark of our suffering to become.” We can choose to find (and become) the gold of healing.
“To have finally dealt with suffering is to consume it into yourself. Which means you have to, with eyes open, be able to keep your heart open in hell. You have to look at what is, and say ‘Yeah, Right.’ And what it involves is bearing the unbearable. And in a way, who you *think* you are can’t do it. Who you *really* are, can do it. So that who you think you are has to die in the process.” ~Ram Dass
This is a powerful perspective on dealing with the suffering we encounter in life! How hard it is to keep our hearts open in the face of suffering and pain.