Should you shield the valleys from the windstorms, you would never see the beauty of their canyons. — Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
Time teaches us about the twofold connection of suffering and wisdom. For every loss, we’ve gained something new. We are learning that our pain makes us wise over time, but while we are in its midst we often feel alone and entrapped. We sometimes can make no sense out of our suffering – neither its depth nor its seeming unfairness – and we may even turn our backs on our Higher Power. We’ve only survived the darkness by stumbling through it each day. But in recovery we have gradually allowed ourselves to accept comfort from others, and their words help us in times of desolation.
We are learning that some pains can’t be healed, but instead must be endured until they run their course. Sometimes the only hope we have is the deep knowledge that our Higher Power will give us no more than we can handle today. With that help and comfort, we can endure and find peace.
Today let me trust that – even though it may feel painful – my recovery has begun.
Source: Body, Mind, and Spirit © 1990 by Hazelden Foundation
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