Over the past few days I’ve been reading about the Sufi’s view about the Struggle of Life. Maybe you can give me some guidance. I like the concept that there are three distinct types of struggles – the struggle with our self, our struggle with each other, and our struggle with circumstances. I also understand there are different ways to cope with each struggle. What I need help with is the Sufi view that life’s struggle is unavoidable. I know this seems like a strange question from someone who has had his share of struggles and continues struggling. I guess what I’m asking comes from the Sufi view that the more we pay attention to our struggle, the more our view expands and the less we make of it the better. That seems like advice to ignore or not to pay attention to life’s struggles.
I prefer the concept that when we observe others struggle, and we engage in the struggle of others by consoling them, strengthening them, and giving others a hand our own struggles dissolve. Perhaps this is what the Sufi masters are trying to teach us. It is something that Mother Teresa, Dorthea Dix, and many others came to realize. That our struggle is only a small part of the human struggle, and that in participating and helping those who can’t help themselves, our struggle is solved.
I’m working on this my friend. Webb.