Paradigm challenge: Suffering is good?

Enroute to a deeper exploration of the connection between why we live and what we do, I have a slightly different approach to this week’s blog post!

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I have inserted a few Viktor Frankl (Man’s Search for Meaning) quotes below, and I invite your perspective on what they do for you. Leading off, here’s a tough one:

“What is to give light must endure burning.” VF  — Yikes! 🙂

“In some ways suffering ceases to be suffering at the moment it finds a meaning, such as the meaning of a sacrifice.” VF

“Life is never made unbearable by circumstances, but only by lack of meaning and purpose.” VF

What do these statements have in common regarding life and work? What do they make you think of? Do they bring you Fear? Do the bring clarity, encouragement or hope?