Thursday, 3 January 2008

What's the Point of Suffering?

I do really believe that life demands we gain as much knowledge, wisdom and compassion as we can in preparation for the next part of our journey. The suffering of others teaches us compassion, opens our hearts to a greater understanding, and makes us less fearful of suffering. As Kahlil Gibran, the mystic and poet, wrote:

'The deeper that sorrow carves into your being,
the more joy you can contain.
Is not the cup that holds the wine the very cup that was burned in the potter's oven?
And is it not the lute that soothes your spirit the very wood that was hollowed with knives?'

I have seen a Doctor today, not a specialist because they are all closed until next week, but a Doctor from my Women's Health Clinic. I am now armed with a barrage of pain medications which I must say only just take the edge off but the bonus of that is, I still know who I am and what I'm doing - sometimes you have to compromise. She was wonderful and gave me her mobile phone number and home number, a script for injectable pain relief and said to call her in the morning and she will come by and inject me if I am still suffering too much. Now that is going to a lot of trouble so I am very grateful for the level of effort she is putting in. She means free of charge too! I will make an appointment with the Surgeon that did my operation, next week and hope that he will know what to do. I am afraid it may mean more surgery but to be honest I am so sick of the pain that I would do just about anything to stop it now. Anyway, I am hanging in there and thank you for your kind comments, I will keep everyone up to date with what's happening. Take good care of yourselves and each other.


  1. This post resonated with me.
    We cannot separate life, though we try, putting it in "good" and "bad".
    Light and dark are both present, always, and beyond such definitions.
    I hope you are having relief from your pain.

  2. Yes. What Bella said. Sending love and hugs and healing energy your way.