Very Good Morning ….
Thought for the day:
Sadness is related to the opening of your heart. If you allow yourself to feel sad, especially if you can cry, you will find that your heart opens wider and you can feel more love and more joy. – Shakti Gawain
Sometimes I just feel sad. There’s often not any real cause for it that I can be sure of, just an overwhelming feeling of sadness. Bad things are happening in the world every day–people are hurting and killing other people and animals and trees, and we’re destroying the planet we’re living on, and it can be overwhelming sometimes to be fully aware of this truth. When the sadness comes, I don’t try to fight it. Rather, I try to accept it and realize that life is about ups and downs and cycles, that sadness will come and go, and when it’s here I want to accept it.
But it’s a visitor to whom I don’t want to give an extended invitation. I don’t want to wallow in the sadness and let it take me over because it is one of those friends who tries to be controlling and dominating. Sadness doesn’t want me to feel other emotions because it’s very insecure, and when I feel sad for too long, it has its hooks in me and doesn’t want to let me go. So I cry, I spend time alone, I try to respect the truths of the sadness, but then I shift my focus to the positive things that are also all around me, and I come back to the world with a greater appreciation for all those things that don’t contribute to the sadness.
It would be very easy to be sad all the time. If I were to think of all my missed opportunities as disasters, sadness would rule the day. If I were to dwell on bad things that other people have done to me, I certainly wouldn’t be happy. If I were to constantly think about dreams that haven’t come true, my life would be dark and dreary. But I don’t want to do that, so I don’t.
I’m not quite sure where sadness ends and depression begins; I don’t know how I would define the separation between grief and sadness. I am sure, though, that much of sadness is often choice–when someone dies, do we allow sadness to take over because the person is gone, or do we celebrate the time that we were able to spend with that person? Or both? We can allow our sadness to make us more whole, healthier, and more compassionate. If we do so, then sadness can serve a very important purpose in our lives.
Cheers To Your Success!
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