"Endurance is the knowledge that the only way out is through and whatever must be borne will be borne." ~David Brooks
"Keep back nothing. Nothing that you have not given away will be really yours."
What is courage, and how do we get more of it to face the difficult days ahead? I've been turning to some insights from sci-fi, art, and social activism.
What enables you to endure suffering? What gives you the hope to go on? In Fani's case, it is a glimpse of a restored world where everything sad comes untrue.
"The self-forgetful person would never be hurt particularly badly by criticism. It would not devastate them, it would not keep them up late, it would not bother them. Why?"
In two paragraphs Henri Nouwen conveys incredible insight on the nature of darkness and light, cynicism and joy.
One of the worst parts of suffering is waiting. Yet few times of year are better for waiting than Advent.