Thursday, September 19, 2013

And The Answer Is....

Sometimes after I post something on my blog I receive messages from my heart.  Especially if the post was like the one I wrote yesterday!

I was knee deep in self imposed suffering (is there any other kind?) yesterday and wondered why it is we insist on suffering.  Why do we insist on putting ourselves in positions where we are uncomfortable or where we are trying to stuff ourselves into a societal expectation.

I received the answer today.

Want to hear it?

The answer to why we choose to suffer so much is that we cannot know who we are until we experience who we are not.

That's it. We cannot know who we are until we experience who we are not.  And sometimes we will choose suffering to get the point across.

This is one of those Universal 'aha' moments where you feel the weight of the world lifting off your shoulders and you are finally able to take a deep breath and smile.

I love this answer for a few reasons.  It's logical for one.  Secondly, it's simple.  It makes perfect logical and simple sense that in order to know who we are we must first experience who we are not or at the very least who we do not wish to be.

This is an easy thing to remember when you are staring at the person in the check out line who is less than friendly or you witness someone trying to merge into construction traffic while smoking a cigarette and talking on their cell phone.  These behaviours most likely remind you instantly of who you do not want to be.  Get us on our own though and suffering will be the easiest avenue we take to recognize that in ourselves for ourselves.

What is actually hilarious about yesterdays situation is that the entire time I was suffering I knew that I didn't need to.  I knew and still I chose.

Today.  Today I know who I am or at least I have a better idea and I'm feeling a little more comfortable in my own skin. 

So thank you Suffering my old friend for once again showing me that everything is a gift.

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