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The Buddha is reported to have said something along the lines of, “All life is suffering.” This is one of the Four Noble Truths, but I have to wonder about the translation.  All of life is uncomfortable, but I don’t know if all of life suffers. Most days I personally don’t “suffer,” but I am generally uncomfortable. Whenever I randomly look out a window, I usually see birds, or rabbits, or people, or wasps, or butterflies, or whatever, and they’re generally not appearing to suffer when I gaze out upon them. Honestly, most animals don’t even look all that uncomfortable when I look at them. They are usually pretty content.
Regardless, it is my assertion that every counselor needs to be intimately acquainted with the discomfort of existence. This is the one attribute that should be mandatory of all counselors, or of anyone in any of the “helping” professions.
Now, as humans, we are all probably “intimately acquainted” with the discomfort of existence. However, most of us don’t really explo…

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