Suffering well will sometimes look like tears, and other times like joy. There will be moments of steadfast hope and occasions of fear and despair. All are part of what it means to be human, and all make up the larger picture of suffering well.
And suffering on any gradient scale is still suffering. Sometimes its emotional, sometimes physical. Sometimes both. The point is not whether your suffering is on the scale of a fatal health crisis or a temporary but life-altering emotional state; the point is that when suffering comes, you have the ability to use it for the good of yourself and others.
The child who was abandoned in an orphanage growing up who has now grasped the true meaning of “family” and who seeks to build love into every relationship he has.
The woman in the corporate world who has been passed over countless times for that promotion, being grateful for a job that pays the bills and allows her to grow her skillset until another opportunity emerges.
The mom who deals with chronic pain on a daily basis even as she gives her all to raising her young kids and giving them the compassion and care they need.