On Sadness

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There are some things in life that we simply cannot run from. And sadness is one of those things.

Just as each one of us must sometimes experience loss, so each of us will experience the sad emotion that loss brings with it.

Sadness is always about loss – and it always hurts. We hurt because we care.
And sadness shows us how much we care. It teaches us what really matters.

Life’s milestones will leave their mark on our heart. The loss of someone we love, the heartache of broken dreams, the passage of time, the inexorable passing of our youth, all will bring with them their own particular sense of sadness.

Yet even in sadness there is meaning.

Out of sadness can come a deeper, more profound sense of appreciation for all that was and all that still is. Without it life itself would lose much of its meaning, much of its sense.

Life longs for itself. Somewhere in sadness is the affirmation of life itself, of life’s beauty and of its joy. There in loss and in longing, the feeling of sadness reminds us of what was and of what remains.

Perhaps, when all is said and done, sadness is there to tell us that we still live and that life itself still matters.

'The word ‘happy’ would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness.'
– Carl Jung

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