“There is only one thing that I dread: not to be worthy of my sufferings.”
I read this epic quote in Viktor Frankl’s book “Man’s Search for Meaning,” where Frankl speaks of his experience as a prisoner in a concentration camp
Here’s what I get from it. We are all going to face suffering. Pain and suffering are some of the few givens of being a human.
So the question isn’t whether or not you will suffer. The question is: how will you show up in the face of your suffering?
Will you allow your suffering: to beat you into the ground, to cause you to become weak and cynical, to become an excuse to give up hope and give less of yourself to the world?
Or will you face your suffering with valiance, will you show up in your fullest and most virtuous capacity, will you learn and grow from your suffering and become a better and more noble human for having gone through it?
We will all face suffering. Every single day. What if you didn’t try to run from it, but viewed it as a gift, an opportunity to become stronger and an opportunity to prove to yourself that you can show up as a warrior of virtue no matter what the circumstance?
Life hurts. The higher the bar of hurt, the more strength you will have to find within yourself to show up in full. If you are facing suffering, can you use it as a call to step even more fully into yourself and show up for the day?