When we honestly ask ourselves which persons in our lives mean the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving much advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a gentle and tender hand. The friend who can be silent with us in an hour of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate no-knowing, no-curing, not-healing and face with us the reality of our powerlessness, that is a friend who cares. – Henri Nouwen
As long as you make an identity for yourself out of pain, you cannot be free of it. – Eckhart Tolle
Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional. – Dalai Lama
Is there a difference? Can you live with chronic pain without suffering daily?