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Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Is Pain Necessary for Growth?

Let me say from the outset that I don't know the answer to the question I pose in my title for today's post.

Perhaps the only way one could know for certain, is by asking those whose lives have been amazingly simple and lacking in pain (yes, there are some), what they have learned. And then we would need to ask those who have experienced pain (the rest of us) what they have learned.

We might find that many who have experienced pain have, nevertheless, learned nothing of value, choosing instead, to view themselves as victims, and their lives as failures.

But without a doubt many who have undergone pain have gone out the other end with great riches.

And when in life should this start? When one is 8 years old? Perhaps this child (in the article presented below) has learned the value of love - whenever and however - and perhaps he has also learned that life can go on with great richness - despite the pain.

Happiness and heartache write a cruel chapter in an 8-year-old's life

Karina Bland

The Arizona Republic
Apr. 2, 2008 12:00 AM

"Today is the best day of my life," my 8-year-old, Sawyer, proclaimed on March 17 - the day we got a puppy.

Sawyer named the 8-week-old Maltipoo (Maltese-poodle mix) Wicket after the Ewok in Star Wars." Read more

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