We all experience pain and suffering, and the degree to which we suffer is based on how we view our misfortunes. Having studied the lives of centenarians over the years, many of them endured pain and suffering throughout their lives. The one common denominator to their endurance is the will to live.
Viktor Frankl described this idea in his book, Man’s Search for Meaning. Those who endured extreme suffering during the Holocaust in Nazi Germany discovered the will to live and went on to share their stories with thousands of others. Hardship strengthens our resolve and helps us decide what is important in our lives. Our pain becomes the healing agent to heal other’s pain and suffering.
We may use our pain to focus on areas of importance to us such as social justice, inequality, environmental issues, or other issues affecting humanity. When people lose something of importance, some find a deeper meaning in their disaster. I’m reminded of those who lose family members in tragic circumstances, such as car accidents or murder and rape. Some start social causes devoted to helping the lives of those affected by these tragic events.
So, what am I saying?
Trust. See if you can accept what happened, and trust the universe to use your pain for your own good or the betterment of others. Life is neither fair nor unfair. Our mind justifies these thoughts to make sense of unfortunate events. Life is doing its job while supporting our personal growth. So, if the universe has taken something from your life, something better may take its place in the foreseeable future.
After all, it was the Greek philosopher Aristotle who said, “Nature abhors a vacuum.” Meaning: something of equal value or better will fill its place.
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Written By Tony Fahkry
Originally Appeared In Thought Catalog
The next time, you think that the Universe is hell-bent on hurting you and causing you pain, remind yourself that it is working towards giving you something even better. If it has taken something you love from you, it will always work towards giving you something even more precious and important.