Fuel to burn

"We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey."
- Kenji Miyazawa

Who says you can't learn anything about the world from Sports Illustrated?
I ran into Miyazawa's quote in a profile of golfer Tiger Woods.
And has stuck with me for days.
Many of us do not embrace the pain of everyday life. We ask "Why me?" when we should be asking "Where do I go from here?"
And that's the difference between survivors and those who are destined to perish.
I've thought about it and I believe Miyazawa wasn't talking just about physical or emotional pain, but the pain of the world as a whole. The shootings, the rapes, the wars the ugly side of life.
And those who can embrace their own pain, but the pain around them, have a journey that will be rewarding.
Honorable.

4 comments:

Stevo said...

Wise. Nuff' said.

Christy Lochrie said...

Here's my take, Gabo: If you numb one part of your life and emotions, the rest numb, too. That means the joys -- as well as the pain. Part of an emotional ecosystem, with all things in balance, hopefully. (Don't know how Al Gore fits into it, but you get the drift.

RachelRenae said...

That's a very timely quote for me. Thanks for posting it.

Salmonqueen said...

Ah...grasshopper...very wise indeed