Sunday, February 22, 2009

Day 519...wHaT aN hOnOr iT iS...

"Suffering only hurts because you fear it. Suffering only hurts because you complain about it. It pursues you only because you flee from it. You must not flee, you must not complain, you must not fear. You must love. You know all this yourself, you know quite well, deep within you, that there is only a single magic, a single power, a single salvation, and a single happiness, and that is called loving. Well then, love your suffering. Do not resist to it, do not flee from it. Taste how sweet it is in its essence, give yourself to it, do not meet it with aversion. It is only your aversion that hurts, nothing else. Sorrow is not sorrow, death is not death if you do not make them so! Suffering is magnificent music - the moment you give ear to it. But you never listen to it; you always have a different, private, stubborn music and melody in your ear which you will not relinquish and with which the music of suffering will not harmonize. Listen to me! Listen to me, and remember: suffering is nothing, suffering is illusion. Only you yourself create it, only you cause yourself pain!"       ~Hermann Hesse

Gasping...grunting...groaning...pushing, pulling and lifting one more time when their bodies were so tired they didn't think they could do it...sweating...lying on the floor in a pool of sweat with a smile on their faces... These are the things that I saw as I trained a group of people at the gym yesterday. I went into work with a plan...a terrible...hard plan. I asked them to do it and they did...eventhough it was hard...eventhough it hurt.  It was an inspiration to honor to be a part of.

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