The author Viktor Frankl who was incarcerated in a prison camp during World War II was a psychiatrist who concluded that suffering is pain that has no meaning.
Frankl said at the moment suffering finds meaning, it ceases to be suffering.
If we are suffering, we need to search for meaning in that suffering.
Child birth is suffering without the meaning that it brings a beautiful new life into the world.
Chemotherapy is often suffering for cancer patients until they discover that this therapy may extend their lives or at the very least give them hope that a cure can be found.
A painful divorce or breakup of a relationship is unbearable unless and until the aggrieved parties can accept the loss and see a better future someday with someone else.
Suffering is a part of life but what makes it bearable is hope.
The hope that this suffering will bring us something better.
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