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Surrender vs. Quit…….Suffer vs. Endure

There is a difference between the words surrender and quit.  To surrender means to yield or to let go of things beyond your control.  To quit means to let go of things within your control.  An observer sees no difference.  They look the same because the end result (the physical act) is often the same (a letting go).  But the desire and motivation behind them are different.

There is a difference between suffering and endurance.  To suffer implies undeserved pain.  To endure implies hope.  To suffer implies that you are a victim.  To endure implies that you are a survivor.  To suffer implies that there is no end in sight.  To endure implies that you will see the pain through to the end.  To suffer implies that something is being done to you, causing your suffering to be reactive.  To endure implies that you are doing something, causing your endurance to be proactive.  To suffer implies that your life is acting upon you.  To endure implies that you are acting upon your life.  An observer sees no difference.  They look the same because the end result (the physical act) is often the same (to experience pain).  But the desire and motivation behind them are different.

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