If A Sadness Confronts You

So don’t be frightened, dear friend, if a sadness confronts you larger than any you have ever known, casting its shadow over all you do. You must think that something is happening within you, and remember that life has not forgotten you; it holds you in its hand and will not let you fall. Why would you want to exclude from your life any uneasiness, any pain, any depression, since you don’t know what work they are accomplishing within you?
~Rilke

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The Fragility and Preciousness of Life

We all know what that means of course, but to understand it, to really understand it in our soul, sometimes we have to live it. We have to face some life altering adversity, an illness perhaps, or maybe someone we love dies, and then we know.  We know in a way we didn’t before how fragile and precious life is. And if we’re very lucky, and perhaps just a little bit wise, we’re given the opportunity to translate that knowing into all the rest of our days, where all our thoughts and actions and interactions with others become something more, something sacred.  And just like that, we’ve transformed the darkness into light.

Sadness Heather Watts

Sadness
Heather Watts

Beautiful artwork generously contributed by Heather Watts (Thank you!)
Heather Watts