We live in a culture of "more". We want more of everything. More money. More power. More friends. More... The list goes on and on. Do you really think if you had more of this or that you would be happier? The truth is that having more only brings us happiness up to a point.
I think it's safe to say that most people don't enjoy suffering. And when they find themselves in situations where they can either choose to suffer or somehow escape the suffering, most would choose to run away. I don't blame them. Suffering is hard. Yet there are many times in life where the alternative to suffering is unacceptable to us or is simply unavoidable. Such suffering could be brought about by any number of reasons such as the death of a loved one, struggles with regrets, insecurities we carry about ourselves or even difficulties adjusting to new life changes. For various reasons we all experience suffering. But have you ever asked yourself what your suffering is for? Have you considered that your suffering might serve some greater purpose?
When I was a kid my mom would tell me that F.E.A.R was False Evidence Appearing Real. As a child, that didn't make much sense to me at all. Really? False evidence? Surely not. The evidence seemed so real to me. How could it be false? I had a long list of fears and I highly doubted that they were false. Here is a drastically reduced list of some of the things I've been afraid of in my 25 years of living:
- Getting stung by bees 🐝
- My mom dying