Huh?!?! You are probably wondering how there could possibly be ANY value to suffering. But I can tell you for a fact, after 17 years of intense suffering, and another 15 years of mild to moderate suffering, that there IS much value in suffering.
For one, it makes us stronger - we can face so much more than those who have never suffered, or who have not suffered as much.
It makes us sort through things, and give more priority to what is truly important, and less priority to what is small and petty.
It makes us humble - suddenly, we have to accept the fact that we are not an island, but a community of persons who need each other. we have to learn to ask for what we need, instead of insisting on doing it ourselves.
It makes us realize who are real friends are, and makes us grateful for the smallest kindness shown to us.
It gives us perspective on the trials that come with life, and gives us hope that there is a better world to come after this one passes.
It gives us great compassion and concern for the sufferings of others, and less tolerance for the conditions that cause or aggravate human suffering.
It unites us in ways that are stronger than our differences can even divide us. It makes us more aware of the dignity of every human person.
There are so many more benefits derived from suffering. I needed to do this, because I am truly at the end of my rope. I have to believe that this 17 year long nightmare has not been for nothing - that I have grown and am a better person than I would have become had I not gotten sick. I have to look on the bright side and count my blessings - like the fact that, even though I was so sick I had to leave the profession I loved, and live below the poverty level, I got to stay home with my son and watch every second of his growing up.
Can anyone else think of even one thing that has shown to them the value of suffering?
Blessings and have a wonderul weekend!