No Life Without Suffering

You haven’t lived
If you haven’t suffered
There is no life without pain
No way to escape the emotional earthquakes
Life’s thunder and lightning
The floods, emotion overflowing inside us
Capsizing our life’s ship

Hard as we try
Science in our hands
Religion in our hearts
There is no life without pain
Nothing to work for
Die for
Eventually, replace with our love

You haven’t lived
If you haven’t suffered
Celebrate the dawn
Sweeping the nightmares away
Forcing us to walk the medicine wheel
Bringing us back
To where we all began

Author: Don Iannone, D.Div.

Biography Photographer, poet, teacher, complementary medicine provider, interfaith minister, and former economic developer. Holds a Doctorate in Divinity, Master of Divinity, Master of Mind-Body Medicine, and Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology. Clinical certifications in Reiki, guided meditation, life purpose coaching, and spiritual counseling.  Author of 12 books, including two new books in the contemporary spirituality field. Learn more here. Contact Information Contact Don Iannone by email:

7 thoughts on “No Life Without Suffering”

  1. Andrew: Rec’d both of your posts–thank you!

    Borut: Thanks. Beautiful words and thanks for sharing the wisdom and your experience.

  2. One mistake leads to another: I’ll leave this one here!:) I was thinking about this yesterday, in twilight, while sipping a Sicilian Orange tea in a sidewalk café and watching crows gathering above the town… A truly friendly way of doing time on this planet Earth!:) Good. Saadi, the classical Persian poet and mystic says: ‘Fettered feet I the presence of friends is better than living in a garden with strangers.’

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