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Sometimes, Life Is Hard

Monday, January 4, 2010, 22:23 EDT Leave a comment Go to comments

Falmouth, Cape Cod, MassachusettsThis post contains nothing interesting, amusing, or wise. Its sole purpose is for me to vent, so if you don’t want to hear it, stop reading now.

What has been will be again,
what has been done will be done again;
there is nothing new under the sun.

—Ecclesiastes 1:9

It is human nature, I suppose, to experience trials and tribulations and think they are worse than anything anyone else has ever endured. I feel that way this afternoon as I deal with the stabbing pain of being kept apart, by circumstances beyond my control, from someone I love who also loves me. At the same time, one of my good friends is going through a virtually identical situation (I learned about her parallel experience only recently), and another friend is suffering the aftermath of betrayal by her long-time partner.

Misery loves company.
—Unknown

Whoever said that is either an idiot or a masochist. I get no joy or comfort from knowing other people hurt as much as or more than I do. In fact, it makes me feel worse, like there is no rhyme or reason to life’s unfairness. If my situation isn’t unique, does that mean there is no cosmic force that is eventually going to make it right? What a bleak thought.

Love is patient and kind.
It does not envy or boast, it is not proud.
It is not rude, self-seeking, or easily angered,
it keeps no record of wrongs.
Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.
It always protects, always trusts,
always hopes, always perseveres.
Love never fails.
—1 Corinthians 13:4-8

Can the randomness of life be reconciled with the idea that love conquers all? I want to think so, but maybe I’m a fool.

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