The kind of legacy we leave is up to us. The key to leaving something good lies in the choices we make every day.
“A worthwhile purpose outweighs any kind of struggle.”- sundaewrites
Nobody is immune to pain. Everybody has it or had it, at one point in their lives. So if you are suffering right now, know that you are not alone.
Pain is cruel, yes, but pain can also be your friend. Like any gift, it can come in any form or package. You need to unwrap and accept it and know what is it trying to teach you.
- comes strength you never thought you had
- comes wisdom, you wished you always knew
- comes courage you wished you clothed yourself with earlier in life
- comes resilience, with life teaching you how to bend
- comes pruning, stripping you of weak strongholds and false dependencies.
- comes the fulfillment of your purpose and realization of things you value the most
Not all pain in the world is worthy to endure. Choose the ones that truly serve your purpose- make you better, make the lives of those around you better. Choose the kind of pain that when you look back years down the line, you could proudly say, “Yes, I did that, I suffered that because I truly loved”. Choose the kind of pain that consumes all your strength, yet at the end of the day rewards you with so much peace and settles your heart.Whether or not you wake up to another day, your heart is free and content.
I have my share of pain. It may not be as much as the rest of the world is currently suffering for, but it is real to me, as much as your pain is real to you. Don’t deny pain or just go about life like it isn’t there. Even at the peak of one’s success, it can still be present. Even if you’re surrounded by loved ones, drowning in wealth or blessed with a good health, there’s always a piece of you that knows pain. That’s the price of being human, or should I say, the gift of being one.
How can it be a gift, you ask. In my own journey, pain has been and will always be a great teacher. It helps me grow, learn, and discern what’s worth suffering for and gives me the courage too to forge ahead. It reminds me that I’m fully alive and breathing, and that life is real because I can feel it, it’s happening and I, am in it.
Of all the things I have or have accomplished, I’m more proud of the ones that required me to sacrifice much. Pain can be a character builder, you know, and a great teacher. And character is something that nobody can take away from you.
Whatever pain you’re suffering right now, maybe it’s good to ask, “Is it worth it”?
When you show up for work, for a cause, an activity, or someone, ask yourself why you do. Is the reason, something you really care about? Is it something that serves a greater good? Does it make you better as a human being? Does it equip you to bless the world more? Is it worthy of a day in your life? If yes, then go and embrace pain. A worthwhile purpose outweighs any kind of struggle, and embracing that is giving yourself the privilege to live a bigger life.