Joy Out of Sorrow

November 12, 2014 10:52 PM

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I've been thinking a great deal about life as of late, my own and in general. And I've come to the conclusion that in order to know great joy one will, or maybe even must, know great sorrow. This is not an original concept. Spiritual teachers and poets alike have been ruminating on this subject for centuries. It comes back to the very concept of balance. There's something universal in that. We are well aware of the notion that in order to really find great happiness, bliss, and fulfillment, we have to put ourselves out there, take risks, be vulnerable. These things are fundamental human necessities in relationships with one another and in the way in which we live our lives.

And yet, we spend a great deal of time trying to protect ourselves. We close ourselves off to those around us, even to our own deepest bouts of introspection and self-reflection. It's safer that way. We so fear getting hurt in any capacity, that we think it is better simply not to engage, not to put...

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