Wednesday, March 30, 2016


I'm listening to the audiobook version of Orphan X by Gregg Hurwitz and I heard a line I particularly liked. I don't think Hurwitz is the first person to say it but it really touched me.

"Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional."

Everyone has pain in their life. Physical, mental, emotional.Everyone has something. How you choose to face it is up to you. It is such a powerful statement.

It is, of course, also overly simplistic. Some pain blindsides you. Someone dies, something breaks. There are some diseases that ravish the body with pain.

In some cases, ignoring pain could lead to bigger problems; like not getting a broken bone set properly.

So while the statement may not be wholly true or wholly doable, it is absolutely something to which I can aspire.

"Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional."

Something I'll think about.

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