No matter how bad things get, the true test is how we choose to respond to the pain we suffer, or inflict.
There are two kinds of pain: the sort of pain that makes you strong, or useless pain. The sort of pain that’s only suffering. I have no patience for useless things.
God can’t save any of us because it’s inelegant. Elegance is more important than suffering. That’s His design.
Life is about suffering. There’s no escape from it. That’s the truth. What’s important is how we deal with suffering, how we deal with the truth.
We have two selves. The one the world needs us to be, compliant, and the shadow. Ignore it, and life is forever suffering.
Violence begets violence. It just doesn’t always look the same. Some suffer in silence, desperate to escape their pain. Some of us do violence to ourselves. Some try to break the pattern.