Pain/adversity make us appreciate pleasure

“If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant; if we did not taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.” β€” Anne Bradstreet

Through pain and suffering we learn to appreciate life’s pleasures. I wonder if thats why people that have so little tend to say they are the happiest? While you constantly hear about rich people that take ungodly amounts of prescription drugs, drink, do outrageous things to get photographer’s attention. But does that really make them happy? Money can buy opportunity, but it can’t buy happiness.

If we don’t know what it means to go without, to want and yearn, to be bad, how can we value having something, being good or doing the right thing, achieving a goal? I guess when you (or I) are going though mental, emotional, financial hard times, it’s good to remember this, that without the darkness, we don’t see the light.


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