"Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional."
Pain is part of life. Suffering comes from how one reacts to pain. We can not control the stimuli but we can certainly control the response. Don't take it too literally. Physical pain and suffering are different. This quotation mainly related to mental pain and suffering. Life is full of upsets. If we can remain detached, suffering does not have to immediately follow the pain. Buddha said - you are what your thoughts are.
No pain, no gain. True. Let there be as much pain as we are entitled to but let there also be wisdom to see pain as it is and not get unnecessary suffering.
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