The Paradox Of Joy

Suffering is an unavoidable fact of life. We may try to ignore it, deny it, or run from it, but it will always find us in one way or another. Joy, on the other hand, is guaranteed to no one. It must be sought out. The challenge we face is that with seeking comes the…

But Not Unnecessarily

While we should not turn away from difficulty purely for the sake of comfort, we also should not seek out difficulty unnecessarily for the sake of itself. Sometimes, things are difficult for no reason other than that they are difficult. Not all difficulty is meant to be faced head on, moved through, or overcome. Some…

On Suffering And Healing

Our ability to be useful, to be effective in our relationships toward a positive end, is largely contingent upon our ability to understand our own pain and suffering, and to use that understanding to help and to heal ourselves and others. The exact details, circumstances, and causes of our individual suffering may differ from those…

The Struggle and the Journey Are One In The Same

The journey itself, the discovery process, that is the hard part, but it is also where the greatest rewards are found. Doing something new or creative is like going on a journey into uncharted territory. It is difficult. It is scary. At times it feels lonely and hopeless. If the work you are doing is…

Be A Mirror of Compassion

Others may treat us poorly and it may not be their fault. We never truly know what is going on behind the scenes with another person. We don’t know what their life is like at home, at work, or even inside themselves. There are forces at play in each of our lives that shape our…