The past few years have been hard but also full of joy and it’s been finding the happiness in the difficult events life puts us through that has been so surprising and fulfilling. I think the hardships in life teach you to enjoy all the pleasure the world has to offer. Earning money makes you appreciate and enjoy spending it more. Every death makes every minute more important. And any time you lose, you remember the feeling of vindication that will come when you once again win. This blog is my toast to living.
In the past year, my cousin lost her father and my brother had his first baby. I worked a million jobs but made a bunch more money. I left the security of a staff position but got the flexibility of a freelancer. Life is balanced; it’s up to you to find it. I choose to focus on the joy.
From The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran on Joy & Sorrow:
Then a woman said, “Speak to us of Joy and Sorrow.” And he answered: Your joy is your sorrow unmasked. And the selfsame well from which your laughter rises was oftentimes filled with your tears. And how else can it be? The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain. Is not the cup that hold 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. Verily you are suspended like scales between your sorrow and your joy. Only when you are empty are you at standstill and balanced. When the treasure-keeper lifts you to weigh his gold and his silver, needs must your joy or your sorrow rise or fall.