There you are, sitting on a side of sadness where….
the air is sucked out of your lungs;
your mind is forced to enter a dark place;
sorrows are whispered;
another day is wished for;
results seem to not come;
regrets are mulled over;
anger is justified;
what could have been is fantasized about;
your spirit is bored down;
pleadings go unanswered;
miracles do not seem to happen;
loneliness and despair sit side by side;
things don’t make sense;
our bodies break down;
and, you are compelled to let go; even though it is the life-changing, heart-breaking, and most pain-inducing moment of your life.
Are you sitting there, my friend? I have been there myself. Many others have too. Sometimes, we choose this side through our actions or lack there of. Most of the time though, we are swept away from the other side of sadness we once lived in. Like a stranger in a foreign land, we enter into a place where we do not find comfort, and wish to leave. This side of sadness may feel as though it will last forever.
I want you to know that there is another side of sadness, though. It is one where….
the resilience of the human spirit is witnessed over again;
beauty comes out of messes;
love is not silent;
stars are wished upon;
new life is born;
miracles are witnessed;
wind is felt;
purpose is found;
friendships are formed;
faith is grounded;
prayers are answered;
and, meaning leads you to the peace that once evaded you.
The hard part of life is that we often find ourselves sitting on one side of sadness or the other. We have not been promised a life of glorious moments, painless relationships, or perfect condition. No….life seems, at times, to be just the opposite.
I have found, though, that memories I will choose to walk through life with are not the ones that caused strife, or physical pain. The memories I want to hold dear towards the end of my life, whenever that will be, are moments where my senses felt alive, my mind was stirred, and my heart was over-flowing. Yes, these are the moments that exist on the other side of sadness.
There is another side of sadness, another side of pain, and another side of having no control over some of the tragedies in our lives. The human spirit is capable of capturing grace and joy in the darkest times; even when life is depleting.
The other side of sadness is one where love collides with life. It is one that cannot be taken away. It is where memories remain. It is the side that doesn’t deteriorate or go silent, even when circumstances seem to be challenging it.
The other side of sadness awaits for you. It has reserved a spot with your name on it. It will be waiting for you when you are ready. I hope to find you on the other side of sadness soon.
….Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.