It takes a crash, sometimes, it takes a catastrophic fall. Sometimes it takes pain to shine a light on the beautiful blurred realization hiding just beyond all that blinding ache. The older I get, the more I understand that the lessons that linger with me more than almost all others, have all come during periods of what I call sweet misery. Sweet because in the end, the realizations we reach indeed are sugary to the insides of us, but misery because they are, for lack of a better word, miserably hard. Sometimes, we suffer to truly see, we lose to find out what matters most, we sob to finally breathe again. Too much life is spent avoiding this pain, avoiding these periods of brokenness because they are difficult, they are heavy, and they hurt. If we allow ourselves to sink into the harder days, to embrace the sorrow for a time, we can see things we never thought possible. Rushing through this, avoiding it at all costs, cheapens this experience we call life, it steals half of what makes us full humans, and we have to stop. I am not one to suggest lingering in unnecessary sadness, undeserved misery, but I do suggest the next time you find yourself in a situation that hurts a bit, rather than speeding through it and wishing it away, look a bit deeper into it and try to learn the lesson it is offering up. I’ve a sneaking suspicion, you’ll find much more than you ever expected, and if you allow it, it can be transformative.
Through sweet misery
We suffer to see.
Haiku on Life by Tyler Knott Gregson
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This is so beautiful. And so true. I've felt my way through so much pain this last year, but man have I grown to see new things and view life from a perspective I've never had before. I've always thought pain was essential. We have to feel everything in order to really be alive.
Everyday of my life chronic migraine hears this. “the truth will set us free” but “ignorance is bliss”. Happiness is the avoidance of pain. Joy is earned by conquering it. One is bright, beautiful, fleeting, barley singeing. One glows deep, sometimes hidden behind ash, yet still setting alight all who enter.