Hi. All. This is one of those FAQ's that come up time and again. So what's the point in all this suffering, no sense in any of it. Why me? What have I done to deserve this? Why are they all getting at me? Help, help, help!! Now I am going to say something to which you may reply, 'That's it! jonathan 2468 has finally flipped. I knew it would happen!'. SUFFERING IS A PRIVILAGE. Think about this. Do those who have not suffered understand or have Empathy for others? Now I am not talking about sympathy or 'sorry to hear you are not well'.
In a previous blog I talked about Empathy. 'The ability to enter into another's feelings as if they were your own'. This is a gift and a rare one. I contend that it cannot come about except through suffering. On the other side of suffering lies redemption and the ability to UNDERSTAND.
If you read the literature you will find that throughout the ages those who have suffered have emerged as a great benefit to mankind. "The dark night of the Soul",a quotation from a book by a Medieval monk sums it up. But he found solace in washing the dishes in his Monastery.
He realised that in doing the most menial of jobs he was achieving humility and coming to terms with his problem. Unfortunately we are not Medieval monks. Our present society does not help with Anxiety.The pressure is always on. To be a better husband/wife/partner/lover.
To have a better job than the neighbours or a better car. This pursuit of the impossible can bring on Anxiety. So, what's the point? It is not just to be a better human, but a more UNDERSTANDING human. To use our present suffering as means to that end. To make use of "IT" as "IT" has been making use of us. To channel the energy of nervous illness into a constructive and helpful path. You are all, on this site, doing it. Bless you all. Love. jonathan.