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May 28, 2012 / Ronald Chapman

Realness from Pain

Several commentators have observed there is a realness to A Killer’s Grace. At least in part they point to the honest representation of human pain and difficulty. One reader observed that the depiction of such challenges made him feel as if he was a little more human.

As a student of the human condition and behavior, there is a value to honesty about our pain. Like in yesterday’s excerpt, once we admit and embrace heartache we grow and expand. Interestingly, for as much as we avoid discomfort, it is in fact life giving and life generating.

Some years ago I had a number of conversations with an elder. Jim Peterson had  a very traumatic life story that included the beaches on D-Day in World War II. He never denied the difficulties nor the horror, but he did say that the secret is “to cuddle up to fear and pain, make them your friends, and let them teach you.”

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