big difference between enduring and suffering

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Posted by gary g ( on November 06, 1999 at 01:36:57:

In Reply to: Pain Spirituality posted by Bill McC on November 05, 1999 at 01:58:44:

I follow the God Satan tale in a VERY VERY metaphorical sense

need to be careful about reading too much directed action into any of it

but however you get there, perhaps the answer is found in the HUGE difference
between enduring pain, and suffering because of it

to me - we must ENDURE this pain because we have little choice-
OK what then?

we need not SUFFER unless we chose to
I know that will anger many, but I truly believe it

enduring this pain means accepting it, recognizing it, and sorting out what we can and can't do about it

only if we add spiritual negatives such as self-pity, fear, envy (of those who don't share the same pain), etc do we invoke suffering

also - this tug of war between endurance and suffering ( another view of Bill's God/Satan thing)is neither a straight line, nor a permanent condition

we move between the two cluster by cluster, attack by attack, painful moment by moment

"some days are diamonds, some days are coal"
some just plain SUCK

but if we can be grateful for at least having each day, then we take a big step toward converting suffering to endurance

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