Sorrow, like any other obstacle in life, is a chance for you to define yourself. If you let it, if you confront it, it will allow you to better understand who you are and, more importantly, who you want to be. It can simultaneously make you aware of your strengths and what areas of your life have room for improvement. It can help refine your perspective and reshape your priorities. Since time heals all wounds, sorrow forces you to practice patience and perseverance. Sorrow humbles you. Last, but not least, sorrow reminds you that life is fragile and fleeting, but it will help you to recognize and appreciate the joy in your life.
In a principle that has worked so hard to create a relationship between joy and sorrow, you might think that joy would be the obvious building block. You would be right, but it’s not the topic that I want to pursue. I really thought very hard about the building block for this principle. There are so many profound and insightful lessons to be taken from sorrow that it was actually difficult for me to narrow it down to a single choice. The more I thought about the takeaways; I realized that there was something very important that I overlooked. Yes, sorrow can teach you patience. It can teach you humility. It can give you perspective. Your personal experience with pain and grief can teach you so many things, but while your experience is unique, sorrow is something that every single one of us share. So what do we take from sorrow that goes beyond ourselves? What can we learn from our pain that transcends our own personal experience to impact humanity’s collective sorrow positively? Compassion!
An excerpt from The Journey Principles book, offering a spiritual approach to healing your relationships through God’s love.
In your service,