Learning from past and recylce it into something good

We can take almost anything that hurts and recycle it into something good once we’re ready to learn from it.

On the other end of the spectrum, we’ve historically romanticized pain. We’re always consuming survivor stories, watching movies and online videos about success after extreme adversity, and channeling our inncer Nietzsche–telling ourselves that what doesn’t kil us only makes us stronger. To some degree, this is good, because difficult time. But it’s almost as if we imagine the greater the pain, the greater the spirit; or the harder the jouney, the more reward-learns the most and has the most to give the world. Or perhaps we linger in the exhausting act of trying to control the chaos because that allows us to avoid acknowledging the gap between who we are and who we want to be.

In The Power of Now, Eckhart Tolle explains that we hold on to problems because they give us a sense of identity. This has been true for me. For years, I focused all my pain into the will to wither away. After weeks of surviving on a small selection of Sweet’N Low–flavored, low -calorie blandness, I’d feel shooting pains in my chest, like my heart was trying to escape its prison.

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