|Examine Your Life
Question 24: Must my life include suffering?
If one lives long enough or has the mental capacity to
comprehend aspects of one's existence, suffering would seem to be an
innate aspect of existence in this world. Insofar as tests/challenges
can make us stronger, perhaps someone can have a mindset that any
setback or event which on some level causes pain is beneficial and
thereby redefine "suffering" in such a way as to remove its negative
connotations. Rabbi Schwartz :
lives are about change. We need always to be learning and growing.
Applying what we learn means we have to adapt and upgrade our previous
attitudes and approaches. We need to become the new, improved version
of ourselves. Such change however, is uncomfortable. It means moving
off familiar thought paths onto new, untraveled roads. This must cause
us some discomfort, and even pain.
The other type of suffering
we experience also concerns our need to change. This happens we refuse
to learn new things and adapt. Then outer events squeeze and force us
into rethinking life. We resist change, we stubbornly dig our heels in,
and this brings us other pains.
Thus, to a greater or lesser
degree, we always suffer. The only way to remove suffering then is to
have the right attitude. We must ready ourselves to move on and embrace
the next step of our all-important journey through this world. This
will reduce our pain.
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