Why do we hide our pain?
Don’t we realize everyone
Experiences hardship and suffering?
Why do we only share our success
And not the challenges we had to overcome?
Why is it difficult to share these things
Things that make us feel vulnerable
Things that reveal who we are?
It takes strength to show vulnerability!
It’s easy to smile and pretend everything
Is fine and it always has been
It takes courage to admit to hardships that
We have experienced
Talking about challenges we’ve had is hard
It’s easy to share what’s on the surface
It’s not easy to reveal what is in the deep
Recesses of our heart
That’s why many of us hide our pain
Keep those emotions deep inside
But sacrifice is not a net loss!
We may give up things that are dear to us
We do suffer as a result
But then come the rewards
We live in a culture that tries to avoid pain
Tries to avoid giving up things we hold dear
We live in a culture that puts the individual first
Others, come later!
In this culture
Sacrifice may not make sense…
Why should I give up something that’s dear to me
For someone else’s benefit?
Why should I put others before me?
Why should I sacrifice my comfort and ease?
The irony is, that sacrifice
This giving up
This turning away from the self
This focus on others
Is exactly what we need
Sacrifice does involve hardship and pain
Otherwise it would not be called sacrifice
But this hardship will result in amazing things
Given some time
When we give up our will
Something amazing happens in time
It does take time…
There is no fast way through the plane of sacrifice!
But on the other side
Is a fragrant garden
With streams and rivers
Thirst quenching and refreshing and sublime!
Yes, sacrifice involves pain
But these are growing pains
Letting go of the ego
And the insistent self
Can only bring us joy and happiness!