This piece was prompted by someone else’s story. I was there as she talked about the sadness and difficulties in her life for a few minutes. I felt for her and for myself, realizing that most people have points in their lives where things seem like a real struggle. After she related her story, she ended by saying with a certain sparkle, “I know that my happiness will come”.
…Happiness IS coming! As I’ve been thinking about the state of my own life, lately feeling like I’m on the verge of something– I don’t know what– but something really good. I hold to that through my phases of deep sadness (which I have battled with since about age 14. I don’t know exactly why.)
The other day, I was visiting my art show and checking in with the venue; Friends, Philosophy, and Tea; and I stumbled upon another quote that built off of my experience and I found that to be serendipitous!
“Sadness is not a happiness deficiency. It is how the heart adjusts to loss, and releases imagined patterns of attachment. Every time sadness arises, the body has an emotional garage sale. It releases what is no longer needed for the journey ahead, and clears the space to welcome in what your entire life has prepared you to find– true happiness.”
So, maybe Sadness actually helps us because it is a sort-of emotional/ spiritual cleansing that we need to experience in order to be ready for “true happiness”?
- The Laughter Secret (michelewhitney.wordpress.com)
- Sad is Happy (simplyblessed.heartsdeesire.com)
- Progression to happiness (yingforyang.wordpress.com)