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Take Responsibility for Your Suffering

Updated: Mar 15

“If you got your act together completely maybe all the suffering would disappear from your life completely.” - Jordan Peterson

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I love how Jordan Peterson is saying how we ought to take responsibility for what hurts us the most, because I have found through personal experience what hurts us the most is normally what we need to face the most, whether that is external or internal situations.

I have been incredibly insufficient in my life from a lack of guidance and leadership from my parents. When a situation would come up which I didn’t know how to handle (which was frequently) I would be frustrated and eventually get angry because I didn’t know how to deal with it. I would resort to beating myself up, heavily, rather than taking the time to learn through what was challenging.

There’s a lot to be said for taking responsibility for our suffering, as Jordan Peterson is expressing here. If we are responsible it means that we are able to respond; response-able. If we are response-able for our suffering, it means that we learn how to respond through the suffering. Suffering in order to face and overcome seemingly insurmountable barriers and obstacles in our lives, unlike the person who I used to be—and still am—to a lesser degree.

I have been fortunate enough to have surrounded myself with some of the best people in my life, to help me take responsibility for my life. Because I have taken responsibility, I and we have gone through some extremely difficult and challenging, seemingly insurmountable blocks and situations.

But the pain has been necessary for my growth. If you want to build a house, you have to dig down to lay the foundations. It's going to be painful, full of blood, sweat, and tears. Believe me: I used to be a builder.

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