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Although I like my yolk easy and my bourbon light, the best thing about receiving a lemon is making it sweet lemonade. I have a friend that was not satisfied with having water at a reception and in making that water “blush,” as the radio and TV star and Emmy award winning personality from the 1920s-1960s referenced, he suspended nature. My friend changed this water with ease and in doing so showed us that lemonade is easily made as well. It was kind of like the first person breaking the 3 hour marathon, he showed everyone that it can be done.

Some will say that suffering is bad and should be avoided at all costs. It may sound sweet to the ears, but the end is fatally flawed. The finish line is suicide. Whether through the convincing of “people who know better” or just giving up, you will escape suffering but lose your life doing so. Some will seek relief in sex, drugs, and rock-n-roll and also lose their life. Yes, they breathe and blood is flowing in their veins, but they have lost the ability to reason and use free will and so unlive their own life.

Other will say that suffering is always good, that to suffer is the goal and end for which we strive and actually find pleasure. This sadist is also mortally wounded. He misunderstands suffering, seeks it upon himself because he has convinced himself that pain equals pleasure. This brainy or intellectual infection suffers a deadly contradiction.

Each of us suffers, has suffered, and/or will suffer, the magic is conquering the suffering by doing what every priest does, offering it up.