Alexander Graham Bell once wrote “When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.”
Life has been difficult for me in the past couple of years. And that’s okay. I still believe that all things happen for a reason. We don’t always understand the reason behind things, but good things are often around the corner. We simply don’t have the ability to necessarily see that far ahead.
The basis of Buddhism explains a simple premise referred to as The Four Noble Truths. The first noble truth explains that suffering, pain and misery exist in life. This makes sense, right? I think it would be a fair assessment to say that all of us have suffered from time to time, in some way, shape or form. Most schools of faith teach this in some respect, since life is not meant to be easy. Otherwise, where would the challenge be?
The second noble truth teaches us that this suffering is caused by selfish craving and personal desire. I have difficulty with this, because I tend to believe that some suffering is inflicted upon us by others. Some actions and results are out of our control. Those who wish to do us harm will do so, regardless of our beliefs. This is part of the problem I am currently facing. But selfish cravings and desires are certainly a source of suffering.
However, the third noble truth does teach that this suffering and selfish craving can be overcome. I guess the big question becomes, when do we overcome it? I believe it can take a lifetime or more. Perhaps in the next life, if we’re lucky. But either way, we should never stop fighting and striving to better ourselves. This is the only way to climb the insurmountable mountain of suffering.
The fourth Noble truth path describes that the way to overcome this suffering is by practicing the “Eightfold Path”, which is another part of the doctrine taught by Buddhism. There’s plenty of articles online about what the eightfold path is, so I won’t go into it here as it gets kind of convoluted and moves away from the purpose of this post.
I’ve been reflecting firmly on my beliefs today (hence the deeply Buddhist teachings). This afternoon, I received a phone call that may alter the course of my life. Although nothing is certain about this call, it opened a door and exposed me to the possibilities beyond the suffering I am currently dealing with. And that brings me more joy than I can describe. It tells that I can and WILL overcome the difficulties plaguing my life.
We don’t always know what life has to offer, just around the corner. Keep working hard, training hard and learning hard. The end result can provide possibilities that you may never have imagined. ☯