I like to receive daily quotations from all the main faiths – if you know of any please let me have them and then I can post an article.
Today this Baha’i quotation dropped into my mail box
Grief and sorrow do not come to us by chance, they are sent to us by the Divine Mercy for our own perfecting.
When a man is happy he may forget his God; but when grief comes and sorrows overwhelm him, then will he remember his Father Who is in Heaven, and Who is able to deliver him from his humiliations. ~ ‘Abdu’l-Bahá More Baha’i quotes on suffering are HERE
The Buddhist teacher Thich Nhat Hanh say
"People have a hard time letting go of their suffering. Out of a fear of the unknown, they prefer suffering that is familiar."
In a wonderful article Thich NHat Hanh also says;
Suffering Is Not Enough
by Thich Nhat Hanh
Life is filled with suffering, but it is also filled with many wonders, like the blue sky, the sunshine, the eyes of a baby. To suffer is not enough. We must also be in touch with the wonders of life. They are within us and all around us, everywhere, any time.
If we are not happy, if we are not peaceful, we cannot share peace and happiness with others, even those we love, those who live under the same roof. If we are happy, if we are peaceful, we can smile and blossom like a flower, and everyone in our family, our entire society, will benefit from our peace.
Do we need to make a special effort to enjoy the beauty of the blue sky? woDo we have to practice to be able to enjoy it? No, we just enjoy it. Each second, each minute of our lives can be like this.
Wherever we are, any time, we have the capacity to enjoy the sunshine, the presence of each other, even the sensation of our breathing.
We don’t need to go to China to enjoy the blue sky. We don’t have to travel into the future to enjoy our breathing.
We can be in touch with these things right now. It would be a pity if we are only aware of suffering.
Go HERE to read the full version of this wonderful piece.
Of course even before Buddhism Lao Tzu taught;
Is there more than one kind of suffering mentioned in the three faiths’ writings?
What do you feel?