Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional.
With patience, pain may take on a certain quality of brightness. One must cultivate a wholesome relationship with pain to experience profound, unadorned beauty.
Suffering is a cage we create with our own brains and bones.
Dogs don't suffer.
Infants don't suffer.
With just a touch of development, the human brain creates a vision of a past and future which can seem more compelling than the current moment. It is here that we may observe an illusion of our own life that has, and always will be painful. We desperately want to escape, and yet we can not stop staring at it, thinking about it, worrying about it, and suffering.
Suffering is a kind of addiction. We may believe it gives us some degree of control over our pain. We may try to push the pain away, we may try to nurture the pain, adding wood and carefully tending its flames, we may try to hurt ourselves or others with the pain. Suffering happens.
Indeed, many of us have matured to this point of trapping ourselves, but not far enough to know how to let go and once again find our freedom.
We may collectively evolve to find this freedom, or we may not; only time will tell.
As for me, right now I am more or less content, as I know I will always have the eternal now in which I may rest and rejuvinate. In other words, I am allowing death to take its rightful place within me, and its gift is the freedom to be fully alive...
Tomorrow, maybe I will forget, and find myself suffering again....but even then, deep down, I trust that I will sense, and on some level know, that I can, and inevitably will return to the eternal now which is patiently waiting for me, always.