What follows is a quote that I underlined recently, and has been in my head – to ponder over the weekend.
“Pain is inevitable, but suffering is optional.”– No source, found in the book “Radical Acceptance”, by Tara Brach
Bad and painful things happen to us all; by our own fault, by the hand of others, or by the rolling of the dice of fate. Not even the strongest of us is immune to pain.
But the stories we tell ourselves, the movies that we play in our head about the origin, reason, justice, value, consequences of pain – this is on us.
Painting: “The Lictors Returning to Brutus the Bodies of his Sons” by Jacques-Louis David