Sadness needs its Time
February 9, 2007
“Into each life some rain must fall. Some days must be dark and dreary.”
– Longfellow, The Rainy Day –
We live in a culture of quick fixes, that frequently makes use of the phrase, “Get over it!”
Sadness is seen as something against the natural order, as something that, if present in our life, we need to fix right away, get rid of.
But sadness is a part of life.
And whereas it is not healthy to wallow in sadness, and allow it to overtake us, it is nevertheless good to acknowledge the sadness, to express how it affects us.
Knowing that some days will be dark, and paying attention to that darkness, can help us be more attuned to the presence of light.
Help me to know that feeling sad is a part of life. Please be present to me in my sadness, and allow me to learn from its presence in my life without it taking over my life.
Note: I’m feeling much better now, my friends. It takes time but I’ll get there.
Painting: “Dreamer’s Silhouette” by Carrie Graber