Someone said to me this week, “I hate feeling sad.” Another said, “I wish I didn’t have all this pain.” Life is not easy with all its emotional challenges. Yet, there’s a purpose beyond the personal growth we eventually get from going through our hardships. Have you ever experienced something, and later realized that had you not, you wouldn’t have compassion for what another is going through?

I think that our own painful experiences serve to deepen our capacity for humility, consideration and empathy. We are not meant to avoid things like fear, grief, sadness, or pain, as they are human experiences that serve multiple purposes – one of which is connection and consideration for others, something we can’t have too much of these days.


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