03 Aug VAT: To Happiness via Suffering
The best things in life we take for granted. Suffering awakens us to this truth which can lead us to happiness.
Suffering is when we desire that which is not available. When we suffer, we have flashes of recall of times before our suffering began; how relatively fortunate we were in those times that are now just a memory of paradise lost. Likewise, we can realize that even in our suffering we have much for which to be thankful as our current circumstances could always be worse. This is gratitude. Moreover, we can take solace in knowing that our suffering will at some point come to an end as all things (our state of mind, our circumstances) are constantly subject to change, hopefully for the better. This is optimism. Gratitude and optimism are two of the three pillars of happiness.