“Truly, life is the misery we endure between disappointments.”
Joe Abercrombie, uttered by Superior of the Inquisition Sand dan Glokta in Last Argument of Kings (The First Law trilogy #3).
My office remains piled with this week’s accumulated detritus, but I’ve made sufficient progress this morning to justify a brief blogging break. I’ve been annoyed these past few months because I’ve been too busy to post to my blog. I’m gratified to see its traffic picking up.
I’m fortunate to have lived a life of relative ease and comfort, so my quote today in no way reflects my own attitude or thinking. But I’m out here amongst folks whose lives are truly miserable. I meet with them almost every day, counsel them, hear their stories, and do the best I can to hold them accountable while trying to help them learn strategies to make their lives a little less miserable. And one needn’t spend much time on WordPress to see how very many blogs here fit into the mental health niche, written by people whose misery & suffering is so acute they’re hardly able to face getting out of bed in the morning.
The character Sand dan Glokta was the dashing, handsome, heroic scion of a wealthy family of nobility and a decorated war hero who was captured by his enemies. He was held in their dungeons for two years and subjected daily to the cruelest forms of physical, mental, and emotional torture and was left a physically wasted, crippled, disfigured shell of a man but retained his sharp wit and clever, calculating mind. His every breath, every step, every moment, is ceaseless, searing agony. He’s still young though no longer spry, but he raises quite the ruckus regardless.
What do y’all think about Glokta’s statement? Is life truly the misery we endure between disappointments? Or is it not quite as bad as all that? Please share your thoughts in my “Comments” section. I hope, at least, that your life is a whole lot better than simply endurable.
Take care, be well, and happy blogging!