A person who is beginning to sense the suffering
Of life is, at the same time, beginning to awaken
To deeper realities, truer realities. For suffering
smashes to pieces the complacency of our normal
fictions about reality, and forces us to come
in a special sense – to see carefully, to feel deeply, to
touch ourselves and our worlds in ways we have
heretofore avoided. ~ Ken Wilber

Here's to the sunny slopes of long ago! ~ Augustus McCrae, Lonesome Dove ~