Thursday, December 1, 2011

On Joy and Sorrow
 Kahlil Gibran

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 holds 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. 


Sarah said...


That boy is so handsome!

Brooke said...

Oh my GOSH, Sarah. His eyes, his nose, his mouth. He is delicious, and there's so much of Otis there, too.

fia said...

love you, sarah.
and so so much love to ALL your boys - all four O's and your E, too.
so beautiful.

Monique said...

Both your boys are beauties.

kate said...

beautiful... the joy and sorrow. xx

Molly King said...

Joy being sorrow unmasked, it feels way to real. I don't know if you still read my blog or even remember me. It doesn't matter. Just know that I'm here thinking of all of you.

Hope's Mama said...

All so true. Your boys are so alike. I hope that fills your heart.

Jenn said...

Hard to find the right words on this one, but yes, so true, so true. And what lovely ones both your boys are. Been thinking of you. xx

roark said...

I hope this means you are experiencing some humongous joyful feelings these days, sweet Sarah. xoxo