All of us. That’s how many.
And, we’re all stronger because of those sufferings.
Some might think I’m full of shit, or blowing smoke, or coloring the situation to support my Stoic-influenced favor. Not the case, I assure you.
The fact is this: if you’ve experienced pain in the past, and you’re here in the present moment to read these words, you’re stronger at your core because of your past pain. Even if we aren’t feeling strong, it doesn’t change the fact that through our experience of suffering and pain, we become stronger.
What prevents us from tapping into that might is an undisciplined, unchecked, sycophantic ego, constantly wanting to generate identity-sickness laden tales of woe, seeking attention, recognition, and “to be seen”.
After all, what else would ego want to do with pain?
Let us commit to modeling our painfully-earned strengths through our actions instead of allowing ego to keep us weak.
(See y’all tomorrow… for the beginning of the final 100 day stretch of the blog!)