Being Prepared

“Pain is inevitable, but suffering is optional”

-Inspired by W. Edwards Deming

In today’s class, a significant portion of our discussion pertained to being prepared, armed and ready for whatever life chooses to throw at us at any given moment in time. We talked about why many of us fail to take care of our future selves by not doing those things, which we know can reduce our sufferings. Questions such as, what was going on that day, that hour, minute or second in our lives where we chose to purposely not do want needed to be done in order to properly take care of ourselves.This particular topic led us to a  recalling a dreadful day in class where everyone was freezing their behinds off; suffering at the hands of mother nature, who we freely decided to underestimate that day. We spent the majority of time focusing on trying to stay warm versus being fully aware and in the present by focusing on the materials that would be delivered to us by the instructor that day. As it turns out, the professor already knew beforehand that many of us would not be prepared. The professor stated that this same situation occurs every semester, in each one of her classes because students would get side-tracked for whatever reasons and fail to take care of their future selves by at least bringing the items that were on the gear list.  The funny thing about this situation is the fact that we all were warned and properly instructed prior to even beginning this class that we would have to spend almost every class outdoors regardless of the weather conditions. In other words, we knew that despite rain, sleet, or snow we were required to come to class fully prepared to function in extreme weather conditions. Each of us knew that we needed to do things such as checking the forecast, wearing layers and bringing extra gear in case the weather conditions changed.  I purposely chose not to check the weather that day and I did not bring extra gear because I relied on the current weather conditions at that time and was not thinking about the fact that the temperature  could change dramatically within the next hour or so. Previous experience should have warned me on how there can sometimes be a huge difference in temperature between sunrise and sunset. The pain that I experienced that day was so great that I now keep a bag of extra gear in my car so that it will be close by in case of an emergency; clearly that day was an emergency I was not prepared to face. That day taught me a valuable lesson that I will carry with me for the rest of my life. I say this because my suffering gave me the ability to see the importance of taking care of my future self. I was able to reflect on how experiencing pain can be useful because it gives you the ability to better protect yourself from similar situations that may present themselves to you again at some point in the future.


Published by: Sage Scholar

Hi, I’m Precious McNeil. I’m a intuitive scholar, freethinker, researcher, aspiring herbalist, and social justice advocate, who loves to travel and spend time in nature. ©2021 Precious McNeil: Creative Intelligence. All rights reserved.

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