Value of suffering
“Suffering and joy teach us, if we allow them, how to make the leap of empathy, which transports us into the soul and heart of another person. In those transparent moments, we know other people’s joys and sorrows, and we care about their concerns as if they were our own.”
While it is part of our universal nature to seek pleasure and avoid pain, culture plays a central role in how we deal with suffering. In the West, we generally reject suffering. We see it as an unwelcome interruption of our pursuit of happiness. So we fight it, repress it, medicate it, or search for quick-fix solutions to get rid of it. suffering is acknowledged for the important role it plays in people’s lives, in the meandering path toward enlightenment. When things go well, we rarely stop to ask questions about our lives. A difficult situation, however, often forces us out of our mindless state, causing us to reflect on our experiences. To be able to see deeply, to develop what King Solomon referred to as a wise heart, we must brave the eye of the storm. Suffering can make us more resilient, better able to endure hardships. Just as a muscle, to build up, must endure some pain, so our emotions must endure pain to strengthen. Helen Keller, who in her lifetime knew much suffering, as well as joy, noted that “character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired, and success achieved.”
Everybody hurts sometimes and allowing ourselves to feel this universal emotion links us together in a web of compassion. The dictionary defines compassion as a “deep awareness of the suffering of another coupled with the wish to relieve it,” but the only way we can gain a deep awareness of the suffering of others is by having suffered ourselves. A theoretical understanding of suffering is as meaningless as a theoretical description of the color blue to a blind person. To know it, we need to experience it.
One of the most significant benefits of suffering is that it breeds deep respect for reality, for what is. While the experience of joy connects us to the realm of infinite possibilities, the experience of pain reminds us of our limitations. When, despite all our effort, we get hurt, we are humbled by constraints that we sometimes fail to notice when we’re flying high. It seems to be more than symbolic that when in ecstasy we often lift our head, to the heavens, to the infinite, and when in agony, we tend to cast our gaze down to earth, to the finite.
In short, suffering helps us to know to recognize our potentials and to know where we lie in life. INGLU provides the platform to know your potential and to prove yourself
INGLU is one of the fastest-growing youth community and a student start-up which helps the students in holistic development. INGLU stands for Internship, Network, Growth, Leadership & Unity.
INGLU help in providing some specific benefits to the student members of our organization, which includes providing Internship opportunities, conferences and workshops on several different topics such as GDPI, DIGITAL MARKETING, GRAPHIC DESIGNING, etc., and also some discount offers are provided in the partner companies/ organizations to the students.
Since its establishment, INGLU has collaborated with many small & big organizations namely OYO Rooms, BIGO LIVE, PIZZA HUT, BRITISH COUNCIL, IDP, Education to Ireland. INGLU has also partnered with many events of Delhi Universities and has conducted several workshops and training sessions for enhancement of student’s career opportunities.
INGLU also recently hosted its first-time UNIQUE ONLINE CONTENT WRITING COMPETITION where around 200+ students registered from all over INDIA not only this INGLU is one of the first organization to provide INTERNATIONAL INTERNSHIPS to students on work from home basis
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This article was writtern by Palak Saluja