Like most people, I find pain and depression extremely unpleasant.
But over the years, I’ve come to realize I shouldn’t begrudge them. Aside from extreme cases, I don’t view them as arbitrary punishments. I see them as clues to a deeper problem: signs I’ve ignored a crucial step on my journey (that I’ve actually set myself on, if you believe we’re part and parcel of an omnipotent consciousness that forgot its omnipotence so it could rejoice in rediscovering it) and a chance to quest on, to slay another dragon, to eke yet another triumph out of life, and—hopefully—spread that bounty to the collective so I can reap the greatest joy of all: knowing I’ve enriched the lives of others through my toil and effort.
So if that’s all true, then pain and depression are actually valuable clues on our respective paths to glory and peace.
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