Where to look when… you are suffering
When you cling to your desires and expectations -- even after life crosses its arms and says, "Nope" -- you suffer. We must accept that life is not always going to give us what we want.
When we give up trying to control things we can't, we feel better.
— Buddhism —
1 Peter 5:1-11 New International Version (NIV)
To the Elders and the Flock
5 To the elders among you, I appeal as a fellow elder and a witness of Christ’s sufferings who also will share in the glory to be revealed: 2 Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, watching over them—not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not pursuing dishonest gain, but eager to serve; 3 not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock. 4 And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away.
I may wish to be free from torture, but if the time comes for me to endure it, I'll wish to bear it courageously with bravery and honor. Wouldn't I prefer not to fall into war? But if war does befall me, I'll wish to carry nobly the wounds, starvation, and other necessities of war. Neither am I so crazy as to desire illness, but if i must suffer illness, but if I must suffer illness, I'll wish to do nothing rash or dishonorable. The point is not to wish these adversities, but for the virtue that makes adversities bearable.
— Seneca, Moral Letters, 67.4(resource) Ryan Holiday, The Daily Stoic: 366 Meditations on Wisdom
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Ryan Holiday, The 366 Meditations on Wisdom, Perseverance, and the Art of Living
The more we understand our own minds, the more we understand everyone else. We increasingly feel the commonality of our human condition, of what creates suffering and how we can be free. Our practice also benefits others through the transformation of how we are in the world. If we’re more accepting, more peaceful, less judgmental, less selfish, then the whole world is that much more loving and peaceful, that much less judgmental and selfish. Our mind-body is a vibrating, resonating energy system. Of necessity, how we are affects everyone around us. On a boat in the middle of a great storm, one wise, calm person can bring everyone to safety. The world is like that boat, tossed by the storms of greed and hatred and fear. Can we be one of those people who help to keep it safe?
— Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Awakening —
This is the true athlete- the person in rigorous training against false impressions. Remain firm, you who suffer don't be kidnapped by your impressions! The struggle is great, the task is divine- to gain mastery, freedom, happiness, and tranquility.
—Epictetus, Discourses, 2.18.27-28