Thursday, January 04, 2007

"Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars."

Kahlil Gibran (1883 - 1931)


Blogger WiNgS said...

We don't know who we are until we're faced with adversity. When the going gets tough, the tough gets going.

Most of us don't have a perfect childhood. The scars that we bear today remind us of what we've been through. More importantly, just as gold is refined with fire, they are proof that we have overcome.

11:26 AM  
Blogger teresa said...

"The deeper sorrow carves into your being the more joy you can contain."

We can not truly know one without having experienced that other.

7:45 PM  
Blogger Michelle said...

Some of the kids that I work with carry unimaginable scars (inside and out) and yet so many of them have such incredible strength to have survived what they have been through. They don't even realize it most of the time until someone else points it out to them. They tend to see their lives as huge failures instead of recognizing the skills and ingenuity that it took to make it as far as they have.

I used to think that people who made it through their lives without any suffering were the lucky ones but now I'm not so sure about that. Gibran has another quote that goes hand in hand with this one:

"The deeper sorrow carves into your being the more joy you can contain."

Maybe the view from the mountain is sweeter because of the valley that we had to climb out of to get there.

5:36 PM  
Blogger puggimer said...

But is suffering a requirement of building character? And does not some suffering, and the scars it brings, instead of building positive character, make for powerful, is negative characteristics?

That which does not kill you makes you stronger - but it does not mean it makes you better.

9:26 AM  

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