Searing pain of heartache with mountains to teach

Transmuting the burning inspires larger reach

The white heat of suffering the anguish of pain

Burns down to true character that is what remains


The crown of compassion awaits as your prize

Sitting in discomfort your heart will grow wise

The screams and the anguish will quiet and cease

The peace you are left with comes from your release


Easy to make choices that spare them pain

Finding sweet diversions to hide from their rain

Avoiding discomfort arises to art

All of the deflection keeps them from their heart


What is your pathway what road do you select

What direction cultivates a will that’s erect

The journey being offered is not for the weak

The highway that opens is for those that seek


Choosing your suffering is honoring yourself

Reward is your own life not that of someone else

Honor the courage you required to persist

Strength you expended transcending urges to resist


Honor the beauty and spirit that’s pure

Honor the blessing of door after door

Rest peaceful and quiet with your knowing gift

Let grace and freedom rise from ashes you sift


In what ways has your suffering been instrumental in your personal learning?

In what specific ways has the struggle enhanced your learning?

Would the impact have been as great if the lesson was given to you?

Would the learning have happened without the suffering?

How is the suffering tied to the learning?

– Stewart Levine ©

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