Writings - On Joy and Sorrow
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I had planned on including this
passage from Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet for some time. The need
became more apparent when one of the visitors to the site (another physician)
coping with the death of an only son, quoted these words as ones that were
helping in his slow recovery.
"I have seen patients die but
I never realized until now the pain and anguish experienced by the survivors."
To quote Khalil Gibran "Joy and sorrow are constant companions. When one
sits at your board, the other is asleep on your bed."
"I am very slowly bringing my
life back. We truly hope that time is indeed the great healer."
Prophet by Kahlil Gibran. Published by Alfred A. Knopf Incorporated,
On Joy and Sorrow
from "The Prophet"
by Kahlil Gibran
Then a woman said, Speak to
us of Joy and Sorrow
And he answered:
Your joy is your sorrow unmasked.
And how else can it be?
And the selfsame well from which
your laughter rises was often times filled with your tears.
The deeper that sorrow carves
into your being, the more joy you can contain.
When you are joyous,
Is not the cup that holds your
wine the very cup that was burned in the potter's oven?
And is not the lute that soothes
you spirit, the very wood that was hollowed with knives?
look deep into your heart and
you shall find
it is only that which has given
you sorrow that is giving you joy.
When you are sorrowful
look again in your heart, and
you shall see that in truth,
you are weeping for that which
has been your delight.
Some of you say, "Joy is greater
than sorrow," and others say, "Nay sorrow is the greater."
But I say unto you, they are
Together they come, and when
one sits alone with you at you board, remember that the other is asleep
upon you bed.
Verily you are suspended like
scales between you sorrow and your joy.
Only when you are empty are
you at standstill and balanced.
When the treasure-keeper lifts
you to weight his gold and his silver, needs must your joy or your sorrow
rise or fall.
Last updated April 26, 1998
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