We are human and we will struggle in life. There is plenty to struggle with and the struggle comes from the suffering we naturally experience as humans and our resistance our minds have to change. There seems to be degrees of suffering. There is the suffering that is simply due to untimely things happening to us, to those we love, to our world around us. Accidents, natural disasters, sickness are all occurring at all times. There is the suffering due to attachments we make, changing circumstances in our lives or dreams and hopes unrealized. Things end and things we wait for and hope for never arrive. Our relationship ends because our beloved found someone else to love. We never receive the invitation to marry the one with whom we hoped to spend our life. And, there is the big picture suffering; that is, the world in which we live is in constant motion, a moment to moment flux. If we stop for a moment, just sit or stand, pause and reflect, we realize that the basic nature of the world is not for or against us. It just is. We just are.
Nothing is permanent as much as we would like to fix our mind around a fixed point, a true north. We all realize this truth on some level, however, it causes so much uncertainty and angst that we attempt time and again to find an anchor and place of solid foundation where we can hang our hat, set up our home, solidify into statues of happiness and peace.