What a difference a week makes. Last week at this time it was cold and snowy, this week we are at a high of almost 80. The sun us shining, the sky is blue again and the weather warm. I am wearing short sleeves and planning the dimensions of the garden once again.
And that is the thing about life – the storms don’t last forever. Neither do the Winters.
No matter how well prepared we are, how well educated or well paid, there are times in life that are bitterly cold, extremely difficult and hard to manage. Loss of jobs, divorces, death of loved ones, or a million other happenings in life. But it is during those times that we must know, deep down past our bones, where the heart meets the soul, that the touch times do not last. You will not be in the same place or situation 10 years down the road, or even 5 years, 1 year…6 months even. You will be in a defferent space all together.
When I was 19 I Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet and it changed my life. It gave me a new perspective on so many things. Indeed, for a book that was published in 1923, it was far ahead of it’s time and is still relevant today. BEcause it tlaks about things that we expereince in the Human COndition.
And on Joy and Sorrow the books says:
Your joy is your sorrow unmasked. And the selfsame well from which your laughter rises was oftentimes filled with your tears.
And so it is. And we cannot experience one without the other. So in the long dark nights, know within your heart that it is only temporary. It will soon pass just like a strom. All you have to do is mke it through. And you can.
Life is short. And a full life is a full mosaic of colors and experiences. That is the only way to life it as fully as possible. Soon the sun will shine.