Why do we experience physical suffering?

publishedabout 2 months ago
4 min read

Hey there creator,

Hope you are awesome and had a great couple of weeks.

Recently, I had a bit of a health scare.

One morning I woke up with no vision in my right eye.

To put it mildly, I was scared shitless: I went to bed one night seeing perfectly fine and the next morning it was like I had a giant cloud covering my eye obstructing my vision.

Thankfully I was able to have a successful surgery and get it taken care of. And now I am seeing better than I ever have.

I'd be lying though if I said that I didn't think something terrible was happening while I was in the midst of it.

The one thing that helped me get through it was something I heard someone say recently:

Everything that happens to you is happening for your greatest good.

Definitely not an easy concept to wrap your head around when you're in the midst of what feels like a life-changing crisis.

I recently wrote about my experience in an essay that is being published this weekend on Medium which explores some existential ideas I've been left wondering since going through this ordeal:

  • What is the meaning of experiencing physical illness and deteriorating health as part of our journey as human beings?
  • Is every near crisis a check-in from the Universe to see if we've been taking life for granted or too seriously?
  • Is the sudden awareness of our own mortality just a reminder that most of the stuff we deal with in life and expend our energy on doesn't really matter?
  • Is it that our greatest fear, after all, is not death but instead living with indefinite suffering?

The Shortness of Time

Farnam Street | 3 minutes

If we see someone throwing money away, we call that person crazy. Money has value. Wasting it seems nuts.

And yet we see others—and ourselves—throw away something far more valuable every day: Time.

This post examines how we hold time as our greatest asset yet we spend it without consideration — becoming a persistent source of regret.

Some interesting points:

  • When you think about the reason most of us want to get wealthy, you will see it’s not for the money it’s for the time. Essentially, we want to spend money to buy time.
  • Even when we find ways to work more efficiently, we never end up with more. This is because we actually don't want to be more productive. What we really want is more time.
  • Since time is invisible, it’s so easy to spend. It’s only near the end of our life that most of us will realize the value of time.

This post pairs well with Multi-Tasking and Our Greatest Fear featured in the last edition a few weeks back.

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You. Me. Some. One. Now.
Poem by Mary Standing Otter | 2 Minutes

Excerpts from the poem "Someone"

Someone is writing a book that you will read in the next two years that will change how you look at life.
Someone is willing to lend you money...
Someone in your orbit has something immensely valuable to give you — for free.
Something is being invented this year that will change how your generation lives, communicates, heals and passes on.
The next great song is being rehearsed.
Someone is dedicating their days to protecting your civil liberties and clean drinking water.
Someone is regaining their sanity.
Someone is coming back from the dead.
Someone is in profound pain, and a few months from now, they’ll be thriving like never before.

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How do I forgive my parents for their unintentional mistakes in the process of nurturing me?
Michael Beckwith

This question was asked to Michael in a recent live call:

His answer:

  1. Elevate your parents from merely being your parents to an equal who is on the path — in which you see them as just like you: growing and unfolding to discover the next great version of themselves.

    Oftentimes we put our caretakers on a pedestal which is necessary when we are children to have our needs met. But as we mature, we have to take our parents down from this pedestal and see them as regular people which allows us to have compassion for them and forgive their mistakes.
  2. See their intention behind everything they did which is from a place of love and keeping you safe. There might have been times this intention didn't come through the mask of their personality. That doesn't matter. Recognize their original intention and feeling which is always love.

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Anthony V. Lombardo

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