“People have a hard time letting go of their suffering. Out of the fear of the unknown, they prefer suffering that is familiar.” —Thich Nhat Hanh
We all know people who seem to be addicted to their pain, be that pain physical, psychological or even spiritual. Suffering can provide a sort of comfortable cocoon, a place where familiarity is equated with safety, and change is the enemy, requiring far too much strength, courage and faith in oneself. It’s just not worth it, we might tell ourselves. It’s safer here in the dark.
What the brave know, however, is that stepping off, even from the tiniest of cliffs, allows us to experience the abundant riches that are waiting. When we trod the path less taken, we grow, we stretch, we become more available for the next exciting step in the journey. And the next.
Consider this: Let it hurt. Let it bleed. Let it heal. And let it go.