Written by Laurent Grenier

Since wisdom isrepparttar art of coping with suffering, it starts with a willingness to tackle it head-on:

a) Such isrepparttar 139712 harshness of our condition that we suffer, sometimes greatly or worse, insuperably.

b) Such isrepparttar 139713 richness of our nature that we can learn to live happily, or at least serenely, withinrepparttar 139714 limits of this condition. This entails us either pursuing goals that are not only desirable or honorable, but also attainable, or resigning ourselves torepparttar 139715 inevitable.

Admittedly, a great many suffer whose suffering is allrepparttar 139716 more problematic as their wisdom is still largely inrepparttar 139717 making. I remember my own past as a young unhappy and suicidal man who composed dark poems. My negative attitude compounded my difficult situation, and I lackedrepparttar 139718 awareness of my ability to improve both. Today, I feel deeply connected with those who live inrepparttar 139719 limbo of gloom. Even if my words only reach one of them, they will not have been written in vain. I have recently come across some dark poetry, reminiscent of mine in my young days. The author – Melyssa G. Sprott – is a young talented woman whose youth has been poisoned by abuse and other hardships. Her suffering and her talent have inspired me to feature some of her work and respond to it. Note that my responding to it in a positive manner testifies to my being help-minded, but note also that my responses are written in a spirit of humbleness. I don't claim to provide a remedy; I just try my best to give some useful insights.

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The following excerpts are from one of Melyssa's collection of poems, entitled "Descent intorepparttar 139720 Dark." They reveal her aching soul withrepparttar 139721 moving simplicity of a woman crying for her overwhelming grief.


When I was six, my father had me convinced I wasn't worthrepparttar 139722 air I breathed,repparttar 139723 food I'd cost, or other things I'd need. When I was six, my father didn't want children or wantrepparttar 139724 wife he kept, so we were forced to suffer for my father's regrets.

"Remember to tell him you love him or you'll die," Mother sings her twisted lullaby. "Wish for mercy, pray for death, awaitrepparttar 139725 day he ceases breath. He'll wake you up at three inrepparttar 139726 morning to beat you senseless without warning. It doesn't matter how still you lie," Mother sings her twisted lullaby.

I want to bleed forever, bleed out my sorrow. I can't even bearrepparttar 139727 thought of tomorrow. I want this nightmare to end. I'll close my eyes torepparttar 139728 world. I've been begging for death since I was a little girl.


How could all this damage come from such trusted lips?

You throw words like stones. My heart is breaking glass.

The key you held isrepparttar 139729 knife you twist.


Nowhere to hide inrepparttar 139730 dark ofrepparttar 139731 night. Sometimesrepparttar 139732 only comfort we find is in our own pain…. They'll never understandrepparttar 139733 calm of relinquishing all control.

Suffering takes less courage than it takes to be content.

I didn't chooserepparttar 139734 less traveled path of love, joy, and luck. I choserepparttar 139735 other path, and now I am stuck.

I'm a prisoner ofrepparttar 139736 dark in my eyes.

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Let us take stock of a few harsh facts that are part and parcel of life, not only Melyssa's or mine, but everyone's.

a) The human potential for greatness – great learning and nobility, and great accomplishments – is matched only byrepparttar 139737 human potential forrepparttar 139738 reverse. Yes, humans can be and sometimes are monstrously poor-spirited, narrow-minded, and black-hearted, among other despicable traits. These traits may involve genetic or environmental factors that predispose to them, but ultimately they arerepparttar 139739 fault ofrepparttar 139740 individuals who give free rein to them. The unfortunate thing is, these individuals are a source of suffering not only to themselves but also to those who are at their mercy. Among their victims are children, women, and elderly or disabled people. Actually, evenrepparttar 139741 strongest of men can suffer as a result of falling prey to them. Yet,repparttar 139742 others are more vulnerable – especially children who often makerepparttar 139743 dreadful mistake of blaming themselves forrepparttar 139744 abuse or neglect to which they are subjected.

Can You Buy Happiness?

Written by Steve Gillman

Can money buy happiness? It's easy to say no, and probably correct, but that's just a way to stop thinking aboutrepparttar tougher issues. What is your relationship to money, for example, and how do you use this most powerful of worldly tools?

Maybe you see that chasing after money for its own sake is destructive, but isn't it equally damaging to have such a powerful instrument in your hands while pretending it has no importance?

Money Is Important

Some say that money isn't important to them, but this isn't true. The truth is they don't seerepparttar 139711 importance. They make more than they need and yet complain they have no time for their children, when they could trade time chasing money for time with their kids.

They want self-improvement, but instead of buyingrepparttar 139712 tools to help them (a book, a class, a trip to a monastery) they put $800 televisions on credit cards. Then they work to pay for it all, taking even more time from their children and their own personal development.

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