These inspiring words for the highs and lows of life are taken from The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran.
“Your joy is your sorrow unmasked.
And the selfsame well from which your laughter rises was oftentimes filled with your tears.
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….
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 a standstill and balanced. “
There is so much wisdom in these words. They are worth coming back to again and again.
For me, when we see that sorrow and joy are inseparable, and come from the same sweet well of our being, there comes acceptance… and life flows more easily.
When we acknowledge that sorrow and joy are a part of life and let go of attachment to either … we discover the inner space and connection to Source in our middle ground.