When Sorrow brings Joy

“When you are joyous, look deep into your heart and you shall find it is only that which has given you sorrow that is giving you joy.”

“The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain.”

These quotes are taken from beautiful poetic essays by Kahlil Gibran. It is from his book called “The Prophet”, a book that I am presently reading.  The book was recommended to me by a friend and I am recommending it to all of you!

When I first read the 2 quotes that I included in here I had to stop and think for a little.

I thought back on some of the times where I have had the greatest sorrows in my life, and sure enough, out of those times, have come some of my greatest joys.

Due to sharing some of my sorrows with another, a friendship was formed, one that  has brought me great joy.

Due to a loved one going through a very difficult time our bond has grown closer, which again has brought sweet joy. I savor the moments more with them now and my ears are better at listening when their heart speaks.

I think of the time that I left a large piece of my heart behind locked doors. I heard the metallic clank as they went shut, there was no part of me that wanted to leave the building but I had to. Within 15 minutes of leaving, my husband and I stopped to meet a friend who had told us to call her before we left and she would be there for us. Her arms were there to catch me as I wanted to fall.

The sweetness of that moment can’t be measured. Knowing she took the time to be there for us in person meant so much. The depth of her love brought a shining light to our sorrow.

I think of another time that my heart was literally breaking. I had shed so many tears and felt so confused. Then within an hour and a half I got online, kind of still in a daze, when I read something that a friend had sent. My eyes got teary again, but this time it was with tears of laughter!  I can still feel the relief that just bubbled out of me by having something to laugh at. That bubble would not have been as great without the sorrow that had come before.

I think of the tender look of love on my husband’s face and how my heart felt the lump in his throat. He squeezed my hand as I laid on a hospital bed not knowing exactly what was wrong. The warmth of his love, though not spoken in words filled my heart with precious joy.

This isn’t some new startling revelation of how sorrow can bring joy, but I believe it is easy for us to forget. No one wants to go through deep sorrow, but sometimes it is good to just spend time reflecting on what joys have come out of our sorrows. Sometimes there are things that may stand out to us more as we look back, compared to before.  Looking back can be a great reminder to all of us at how sorrow and joy really are intertwined.

 

 

 

 

Life’s Surprises

Editing, editing and more editing , but the end is in sight!  When Colin and I started this adventure of getting “The Odessa Chronicles”  published I really didn’t know what was all involved. Colin was definitely more the expert, as far as knowledge goes.  He has 2 very good books under his belt already!

So which one of us has been more patient in this whole book collaboration adventure?

“Has anybody told you what lovely feathers you have?”  Confused? Its a quote from the book that will make perfect sense when you read the story, but I will try to ease your confusion a little until then.  It’s a quote  from someone in the story who likes to jump from one subject to another without warning.

I believe that I won’t stop shaking my head about how “The Odessa Chronicles” all started. I only intended to write a simple blog post about a cat named Dewey. How I came up with the name Dewey, I don’t even remember. Somehow it just popped into my mind.

Then after quite some time had passed I was inspired to write another Dewey story, just for fun.  I wanted to give Dewey  and his man-servant a friend.  Who was the new friend?  Well,  a jackalope of course, makes perfect sense, right?  That wasn’t the end, for Dewey the cat,  Jaxon the Jackalope and the warmhearted man-servant needed one more friend.  Life just wouldn’t be near as exciting without our sweet Odessa, the barn-owl.

The stories were fun to write but I still had no thought about it becoming a book. There is one thing though that I have learned about life over and over again. “Expect the Unexpected!”

Colin wrote a story for fun, and guess what?  He enjoyed it and so he wrote another!  Thus began the crazy adventure of revising stories, writing new ones and realizing that these characters that started out as fictional were becoming quite real to us.  They wrapped themselves around our hearts and we had no choice but to move forward!

You really never know what may happen in life. Keep your eyes open and most importantly your mind,  to new things that may be on your horizon. Things that perhaps you didn’t dream about but that may surprise you and take you on an exciting ride!

I am very glad that I sat down one day and had the idea to write a story around a cat and a man-servant.  An idea that was inspired by a joke!

I am very glad that Colin accepted the challenge to write a story and that he enjoyed it and wrote another, for then magic started happening.

“Expect the Unexpected!”  Be open to whatever life throws your way.

“Expect the Unexpected!”  That would be a good motto for this book, for you just don’t know what you may find inside the pages.  Expect to smile, expect to laugh, to feel warmth in your heart and possibly even a tear to your eye at times.

This book is intended for children and adults alike.  A time when adults can relax with the book for the times when life may be getting a little too adultish, too complicated, which makes me think of another excerpt from the book.

Why are you swaying back and forth?”

“Oh,  I often do that,  especially when I am standing still, and if deep in thought, which I usually try to avoid because it starts making life complicated,  which is really not what I want,  because my life is complicated enough without me thinking about it, so I generally don’t  if I can avoid it.”

“Expect the Unexpected!” You never know how life may surprise you!  I have been talking to a cat, a jackalope and an owl for a long time now, and oh yes a crazy man-servant.  Do I ever feel like I m going crazy at times?

“Has anybody told you what lovely feathers you have?”