“To live is to suffer, to survive is to find some meaning in the suffering.”
Friedrich Nietzsche 1844 – 1900
Could I have as a favourite quote one which I only discovered in recent weeks – I decided that yes I could as it resonates strongly.
I was in a reflective mood when I came across Friedrich Nietzsche’s words and they seemed so apt and wise. And yet there was a part of me that wondered if they are too dark. Suffer and survive sounds so stark although I suspect that no one traverses life’s undulating hills without encountering some sort of sorrow and then dealing with the shadows and half-shadows that that sorrow casts.
I like the idea of finding meaning in the sadder events in life and there is, I think, solace in searching for that meaning without that search in any way diminishing the importance of or the lasting effects of those events.
The sadder events in my life have also been the greatest opportunities for learning and some personal growth. Of all the life-lessons I have learned the single most important one (to me) is: that it is best in any encounter with another person to always give them the benefit of any doubt I might have around what they do or say because it is impossible to know what sadness another person has met in life and how it has affected them.
I will be back soon babbling about the shallower things in life, in the meantime Happy Weekend!