suffering is bearable
because it doesn’t last.

your body and
your mind
shed trauma
like old skin.

there is always something greater
than your pain
waiting for you.

and the more this hurts
the more you will learn
to carry your hardships
with grace.

when you’re little and you get hurt
other kids will
hit you somewhere else, harder, and
say, “now it doesn’t hurt.”
they’re being jerks about it
but they’re right.
perspective dims pain.

running a mile
seems like nothing
when you’re 30 minutes into
a hike in the Grand Canyon.

and you wonder
why you were ever scared
to watch a horror movie
when your own grandfather
shot himself in the head.

the threat of
every earthly trial
is reduced when you consider
the fate of your soul.

don’t turn the idea
of death
into an escape.
death is not a solution.
death makes every burden
you’ve ever carried
seem peasy.

this crushing pain
will not
are stronger
than you think.