“Life just never ceases to amaze me and with every moment of awe I experience I am forced to ground myself in the present moment.
I just experienced the unexpected end to my marriage.
This is my first real experience with grief.
It’s terrible and it’s beautiful.
I have nothing but love for my husband and I will only ever have love for him as we begin to navigate our new lives.
But I am reminded through this experience that the heart is a muscle too. And just like my biceps & quads that I intentionally rip on a regular basis to make them stronger, so does the heart grow stronger when it has been hurt. With each rip to the heart, our capacity to love grows that much bigger.
And I feel my love growing stronger everyday.
And I’m emerging a much stronger version of myself.
And it makes me very thankful for the grief I’ve experienced.”
On Joy and Sorrow
by Kahlil Gibran
The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain.
Is not the cup that holds your wine the very cup that was burned in the potter’s oven?
And is not the lute that soothes your spirit, the very wood that was hollowed with knives?
When you are joyous, look deep into your heart and you shall find it is only that which has given you sorrow that is giving you joy.
When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.
Some of you say, “Joy is greater than sorrow,” and others say, “Nay, sorrow is the greater.”
But I say unto you, they are inseparable.
Together they come, and when one sits, alone with you at your board, remember that the other is asleep upon your bed.