Suffering Is Also an Asset
There's no rose without a thorn. This thought is absolutely necessary to prepare you toexperience less pain and more joy in your journey of life.
With a bird's-eye view, you may realize something meaningful. During your school years, whilejoyfully acquiring knowledge you are also under the pressure of homework, examinations, andranking. You face crises and agony. Meanwhile, all sorts of intricate affairs may happenbetween you and your classmates. In your youth, puberty may fill you with unrealized desiresand send you into deeper perplexity.
Entering marriage, you are actually in the center of all the contradictions—the matching ofdifferent personalities, enduring of family members, children's schooling, financial managementand so on, you may also fall into marriage crisis. As you age, your health may deteriorate andvarious troubles in your career and family may gradually emerge. Mid-life and old-age crisis willfollow, leading you to your eternity.
We may therefore conclude that much of our life may not be spent in contentment. However, the things that discontent are, in fact, not useless since you may learn more from them thanfrom the things that cheered you up.
As the saying goes, "It seems to be a perpetual rule that flops are produced elatedly andmasterpieces painstakingly". To put it vividly, the great historian Sima Qian had a view eventwo thousand years ago: "When Emperor Wen of Zhou Dynasty was arrested, he produced theclassic Zhou Yi Jing; Confucius wrote the History of Spring and Autumn while he wasexperiencing adversity; Qu Yuan produced his monumental long poem, On EncounteringSorrow, during his exile. When Zuo Qiu lost his sight and Sun Zi had his feet chopped off, theyedited their writings and stratagems. After Lü Buwei was forced to live in Shu, the valuable TheBook of Lü was fortunately handed down to posterity. Similarly, when Han Feizi was imprisonedin Qin, On Difficulty and On Resentment—two precious books—were written by him. Threehundred Classic Poems were also produced in roughly the same way, where the writers' heartswere smouldering in the doldrums with no way out: they therefore conveyed everything inwords, narrating the past and contemplating the future".
Let's treat all the sufferings at every stage of life as assets which can only do us good.