Rich Poor Guy, Poor Rich Guy, Part 2

Danielle LaPorte wrote in her blog today, “There is no excuse for going hungry.  We are here to feast.”

Follow-up for yesterday’s blog: Are you a rich poor guy or a poor rich guy?

We don’t have to deprive ourselves to feel noble. Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote, “Continue to work with the faith that unearned suffering is redemptive.”

That is true, but with a caveat. Unearned suffering means unjust, unfair, unwarranted. But the key is using that suffering for redemption. We can’t just sit back and moan. We have to take our suffering to a new level. Turn it into speech, song, art, dance. Redemption is when you take the pain you are in, however terrible it is, and transform it into something noble, good, beautiful.

“A thing of beauty is a joy forever,” wrote Keats. Turning our pain into art. Sitting at the banquet of sorrow and using it, somehow, to gain wisdom, strength, beauty.

“You have been the veterans of creative suffering,” King wrote. The key is creative. Find the pain and use it, use it, use it. Don’t let it use you. Don’t be a poor rich guy. Be a rich poor guy. A rich sad guy. A rich crippled guy. Take whatever you own and run with it, leap over it, burn it into beauty. Be a hero in your life today. Save yourself by turning your unearned suffering into some kind of grace and glory.

About dianabletter

Diana Bletter is the author of The Invisible Thread: A Portrait of Jewish American Women (with photographs by Lori Grinker), shortlisted for a National Jewish Book Award. Her novel, A Remarkable Kindness, (HarperCollins) was published in 2015. She is the First Prize Winner of Moment Magazine's 2019 Fiction Contest. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Commentary, tabletmag, Glamour, The Forward, The North American Review, Times of Israel, and is a freelance reporter for The Jerusalem Post, and many other publications. She is author of Big Up Yourself: It's About Time You Like Being You and The Mom Who Took off On Her Motorcycle, a memoir of her 10,000-mile motorcycle trip to Alaska and back to New York. She lives in a small beach village in Western Galilee, Israel, with her husband and family. She is a member of the local hevra kadisha, the burial circle, and a Muslim-Jewish-Christian-Druze women's group in the nearby town of Akko. And, she likes snowboarding and climbing trees.
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