Redeeming Suffering

If Only…

This is a phrase we may hear when confronted with a situation of regret, disappointment or limitation.

If only … I had made this choice rather than that.

If only … I had a little bit more money.

If only … I were smarter.

If only …  I had more time.

If only … I hadn’t been running late.

If only … he would have taken my advice.

If only … she would try harder.

If only … we had this.

If only … we did that.

Sometimes people say it as a way of passing blame. Other times it’s a genuine cry for help in the face of difficult or unfair circumstances. If we’re honest, it’s probably a phrase that all of us have said at one time or another.

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