What did my mom mean when she said….

What did my mom mean when she said that a little suffering was good for you? I had to think hard on this one. I remember I told a therapist and the therapist said my mom was a “typical Jewish mother.” But my mom was anything but typical.

I have to realize the background of that statement. She and my dad both had lived through both the Great Depression and World War II. The Nazi Holocaust was fresh in their memories. They had lived through the shock of finding out the truth of what was happening in Europe.

What did she mean? I think she meant that suffering is inevitable in life, and that some things are best off ignored instead of “coped with.”

After all, if it rains tomorrow, are you going to go to a therapist to learn how to deal with your emotions about rain?

You could. Maybe, though an umbrella might be a better idea.

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