There is sometimes no way to avoid suffering. 
It will come one day and then again & again. 
Slowly it can arrive or in a blink of an eye. 
But the good in suffering is it is a direct pathway to presence. 
For you are not living in the past or dreaming of the future, you are simply feeling it all right in this moment. This deep cut that awakens all of your senses. 
The goal is not to run or hide from this powerful teacher, but embrace it. 
Suffering is a reminder that you are alive. You have the capacity to love and ache. 
If in this moment you are suffering take a deep breath and know you are learning. 
If in this moment you are content take a deep breath and be with gratitude.
For this life is a curriculum 
And we are all taking a similar course.
Don’t forget to be kind to one another.