you are joyous, look deep into your heart and you shall find it
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
truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.
had my share of sorrows, and I've had my share of
joys. I must say that the connections between the
two things are incredible, if we only take the time to
recognize them and understand how they work
together. We try to avoid sorrows because we see
them as negative, but so often they open the doors to
other things that turn out to be joyous. The loss of
a loved one is sorrowful, but did you meet someone because
of that death, or take a new job, or travel somewhere that
brought you joy?
I love what Rumi says about sorrow, describing it as
something of a purifying force in our lives. Sorrow
comes in and changes things, puts us in a situation in
which we have to find a deeper strength, a deeper courage
to move on in our lives; once uncovered, that deeper
strength is something that stays with us and helps us to
realize that we are much, much stronger than we ever
thought we were.
Much of our sorrow comes as a result of loss; much of our
loss opens doors to things that wouldn't have been
possible if the loss hadn't occurred. My sorrow has
made me withdraw into myself to search for something that
wasn't at all necessary before sorrow showed up.
Look to your sorrow with open eyes and an open heart, for
in it you'll find eventual joys that will brighten your
life, and remember that in those joys you'll find the
sorrow that made them possible.