I learnt this proverb for quite sometime, but not really appreciate the meaning behind it until three years ago … In year 2007 today I started the 49 days treatment of a serious heart disease, and every now and then I still ask myself whether it was just a dream or something really happened (for those who are fans of the movie Inception, you understand what I’m talking about).
Guess it will probably take me ages to accept such event really has taken place, even though I can see the 10-inches scar on my chest every day. And it will also take me a long time to complete the self-healing, in other words, to truely believe that I have recovered – such that I shall not treat myself as a patient / victim anymore.
The self-healing process has taken such a long time, I reckon, is probably because the six, seven weeks of treatment in the hospital was so painful, so disturbing and so discouraging that I wondered it would never end. However, with the support from family members, friends, colleagues and of course the doctors, nurses and staff in the hospital; I managed to complete the treatment in seven weeks.
Granted, it was painful, but I also learnt that suffering was optional – you need a positive mindset to go thru all the hurdles in life. So, be thankful to every sunrise, sunset and live your life to its fullest.
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Nice post Mike and pleased to have you as a friend and colleague.
Dan & Jo
Thanks Dan … life is too short for bad design and usability, let’s work hard to change all that. Michael
Michael, sorry to read about the op, but glad you are recovered. I had an op to remove a benign tumour last year. At the time, the toughest things I experienced was the raw physical pain of treatment, the loss of independence, and trying to control my sporadic emotions. No matter the support I got from my nearest and dearest, my recovery phase was very personal, lonely and trying; lifestyle habits altered. But what don’t kill you can only make you stronger… so they say. A toast to good health!
Thanks for sharing. And yes, the whole process was a very personal, lonely and trying thing … sometimes, I still wonder how I went thru those days. Good health !!