On Joy & Sorrow - from The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran

sylviatexas1May 15, 2008

I misquoted a little bit of this on another thread before I looked it up.

It's so beautiful that I wanted to quote the whole thing.



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 thar 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.

Verily you are suspended like scales between your sorrow and your joy.

Only when you are empty are you at standstill and balanced.

When the treasure-keeper lifts you to weigh his gold and his silver, needs must your joy or your sorrow rise or fall.

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One of these days I will read The Prophet.(There are two copies in my home.)

My Dad often gives copies as gifts.

    Bookmark   August 11, 2008 at 1:29PM
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bringing this up for those who maybe didn't see it;
it always helps me to read this, especially in the darker days of winter/holiday times.

I wish everyone healing & peace.

    Bookmark   December 3, 2008 at 3:28PM
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A post I read here this morning reminded me of this.

It always brings me comfort;
may it comfort someone else as well.

    Bookmark   March 12, 2009 at 2:45PM
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