Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Joy in suffering

"In our culture we strive to avoid pain, make work easier and pursue pleasure. We have appliances and tools to make every job effortless. We make boundaries to limit relationships that cause pain. Parents do everything to give their children enriched, trouble-free lives. None of this is bad in itself. The problem comes when we don't recognize that, some difficulty or having to work at something, makes us better. Spiritual life is like exercise. You have to exercise a long time to see results. It's not always fun and it sometimes hurts, but we end up stronger."


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