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Describe a time of personal suffering that you believe was beneficial to you in

  1. Seek-n-Find profile image91
    Seek-n-Findposted 6 years ago

    Describe a time of personal suffering that you believe was beneficial to you in the long run?

    I am curious to know how many people would choose the suffering they went through in a particular instance if they had a choice--in other words--what you gleaned from it was worth having to go through the experience.

  2. JT Walters profile image77
    JT Waltersposted 6 years ago

    In competitive sports training you give  up a great deal of your life and your energy. You suffer immensely but when you win for your team it feels like it is all worth it.

  3. stars439 profile image73
    stars439posted 6 years ago

    Good question, and a deep one. Personal suffering teaches us to appreciate the wonderful gifts of God like breathing, sleeping, tasting, seeing, eating, loving, kindness, hearing, touching, speaking, and so so much more.

    My family suffered in so many ways like so many wonderful people have suffered on this earth, but we learn to appreciate the little things that are taken for granted, and we appreciate the goodness of love, or days without pain, or suffering.

    I always pray for happiness for everyone on earth, and I pray that everyone can understand love. Your question is a fine one, and one that all humanity should ponder upon.

    God Bless You Sweet, And Precious Heart, And Your Loved Ones As Well.

  4. baygirl33 profile image61
    baygirl33posted 6 years ago

    I suffered deeply when I decided to go to Teacher's College when I was 39 years old.I had kids at home and a house and husband,I hadn't been to school for 30 years and to top it all off I had a terrible case of stagefrieght when I got up to present anything.It was so bad that I quit after paying for it all.

    However I did go back with the help of people around me and I continued on, to become a teacher for 25 years. So while it was tramatic and horrible,in hindsight it was worth it to have had that career.

  5. cobrien profile image76
    cobrienposted 6 years ago

    The death of my second husband was horrible but my life wouldn't be the same and I wouldn't be with my current husband if Gil hadn't died. The diagnosis of autism in my son has caused a lot of personal growth and has made me a better mother. Someday I will use my suffering to help others.

  6. Felixedet2000 profile image57
    Felixedet2000posted 6 years ago

    That had to be the  time when i lost my first job in 2000, i felt bad because things were no longer rosy as it were. No money to take care of myself and my girl friend then was working, but i couldn't stand being seen as a lazy man. It turns out to be a testimony in the long run.

  7. ikechiawazie profile image60
    ikechiawazieposted 6 years ago

    My personal suffering was  when i could not get admission into the university. I couldn't pass my exams and i suffered rejection from my father and i was ridiculed by my peers but it taught me perseverance, focus and doggedness and today i am a graduate of a distinguished university and came out with a good grade.

  8. Brian Weekes profile image60
    Brian Weekesposted 6 years ago

    For the four years leading up to June, 2010, I was the victim of workplace bullying by my manager. I then resigned after significant pressure to commit fraud from managers. This was followed by a compelte breakdown and during the six - eight months that followed I completely re-evaluated my life and asked myself 'what are my plans and where am I going'.
    This last year I have decided to ditch an office job and get a trade. I have four years ahead of me now to become a tradesman in a high paying industry, however I look forward to the challenge.

  9. thumbi7 profile image63
    thumbi7posted 6 years ago

    It was very difficult for me when I decided to do post graduation after quitting my job and be at home with the children for 8 years. My college was 4000 kilometres away from my family. I left my two small children and husband to do college. Counted everyday looking for vacation. Looking back I feel it was worth doing for I have a secure job now.

  10. Seek-n-Find profile image91
    Seek-n-Findposted 6 years ago

    Wow everybody--thank you so much for sharing!  It is encouraging to hear the testimonies of how things that are hard or bad can be turned into good!  I have so many stories of this in my own life--but one that is relevant to writing is this:  I grew up always wanting to be a teacher.  I became a teacher and I loved it.  I thought I would work at the same school for 40 years and happily retire.  The district I worked in had layoffs and I lost my job.  I found another teaching job but in a district that had SOOO much political junk that I felt it compromised my morals to stay there and participate with what the administration wanted me to be on board with.  Plus, I was harassed, as well.  I ended up quitting and going through a long legal battle and the stress of this experience added to the undoing of the relationship I was in at the time (I was engaged) and I became lost and depressed. I lost my identity because I didn't know who I was if not a teacher.  This sent me down a new road of healing and self-discovery and opened the door for me to pursue writing and to find the man that I am married to today!  Keep the stories coming everyone and thanks for your input!

  11. justateacher profile image83
    justateacherposted 6 years ago

    I have had some personal suffering in my life (my father died when I was 11, my mother became an alcoholic, I was married 22 years in an abusive relation, my mother passed away)
    I believe that every hardship I have lived through has made me a stronger person. When my father died and my mom decided to drown her pain in alcohol, I learned to be a good example and tried to provide for my younger siblings. Living through the abusive marriage, taught me to be stronger and learn to take care of myself and my two daughters - I was stronger because of it...I am still trying to figure out what I need to learn from my mother passing away, but I know there is a lesson that will make me a stronger person.