Life Is Tough but Freedom Is Possible | Psychology Today
Life is tough. We're all subject to suffering, stress, anguish, and dissatisfaction. This is the essence of the Buddha's first noble truth. Given life's uncertainty and unpredictability, how could it be otherwise?
When I first encountered this teaching (many years before I became chronically ill), I didn't feel disheartened; I felt relieved. Finally, someone was describing this life in a way that fit a good portion of my experience. What a relief to know it wasn't just me or just my life! Do you know a single person, healthy or sick, who has not experienced suffering, stress, anguish, and dissatisfaction in his or her life?