Thursday, July 21, 2011

Struggle or Suffer?

Suffer or struggle?  Two words similar in length each containing four common letters and a double consonant.  They may appear to be interchangeable.  However, when facing challenges, the word we use speaks volumes.  One person describes suffering from a condition.  Another shares that he struggles with it.  Suffering is the victim's word of choice.  One who tolerates the situation.  Allows the power to reside elsewhere.  Struggle implies exerting great effort trying to achieve positive results.  A person of strength.  So much expressed in just one word.


Gena said...

And then, perhaps moving on to "accept" - accepting the situation as it is. Or as Shakespeare wrote: there is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.

Vera said...

I don't know about the "accept" part - I think it totally depends on the challenge in question. I was thinking mostly about health situations and how so often there are things one can do to enjoy a better quality of life.