Three teenage girls who sat next to me at a recent Flyers hockey game arrived late.
One asked me if had they missed the “tribute”.
They were speaking of a classmate of theirs who developed bone cancer and had to give up athletics, a normal life and his hair battling the disease.
The Flyers did a between period tribute to this young man who was shown on arena vision beaming from ear to ear and appeared to be the healthiest person in the arena. The girls were thrilled. We were all inspired.
To them, their peer represented inspiration. Hope. The ability to overcome adversity and prevail in the end.
Suffering is a necessary part of life. It almost always changes the individual and those around them. Many of life’s suffering are not fatal but we often think they are.
Suffering can be transformational as this young boy with cancer proves. I’m sure you can name an inspirational hero who has overcome the odds.
But everyday suffering from jobs we’re not happy with, relationships that seem bogged down or financial problems that feel insurmountable can be handled the same way.
A “treatment plan”.
Determination to overcome the adversity that causes the suffering.
No need to wait for illness to inspire us when there are so many other challenges that can be met with the same prescription.
Never, never give up hope.
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