Suffering is universal. We all suffer. In our own ways and with own inner demons we battle things that can seemingly destroy us. I think every person on earth has an event in their life - at least one - that they can look back and wonder how they survived it. I had a moment to look again at suffering and the human condition this weekend.I served on a panel at Westerly Library this past weekend with other local authors and a local author who owns a publishing house. This event was for the main benefit of the writing group that meets on Saturday mornings at the library. The group wanted to speak with local authors who published their work and were willing to answer questions about their writing process and the road to publishing. It was an honor to be included with other writers and I learned just as much as I shared. It was a great event.How does this relate to suffering?Ahead of the session the event organizer sent the panelists a list of questions submitted by the writers and asking us to answer one that they'd feature in Facebook posts announcing the event. One question really stood out And I had to answer it:Q: How do you deal with negative self talk? Or the thought that 'I don't need to write that' or 'nobody wants to read about that'?