Your joy is your sorrow unmasked.
And the selfsame well from which your laughter rises was oftentimes filled with your tears.
And how else can it be?
The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain.
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 your spirit, the very wood that was hollowed with knives?
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.
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 thar sorrow,” and others say, “Nay, sorrow is the greater.”
But I say unto you, they are inseparable.
Together they come, and when one sits, alone with you at your board, remember that the other is asleep upon your bed.
Verily you are suspended like scales between your sorrow and your joy.
Only when you are empty are you at standstill and balanced.
When the treasure-keeper lifts you to weigh his gold and his silver, needs must your joy or your sorrow rise or fall.
On Joy and Sorrow
This post, and my thoughts, are with all human beings suffering from a depression.
I can only try, but never imagine, how hard it must be, when even the simplest things become difficult, that it hurts to get out of bed.
How hard it must be, that love ones around do not recognize it as a dangerous illness and keep telling to just do it and stop whining…
But I know one thing. It does not matter how hard it is, how dark everything is, there is always light. You may not see it yet, but it is there, for the change of dark and light is the way the world goes. Without sorrow there is no joy, without pain no happiness, and without dark no light…
A blessed monday to you all, this is a shot from an autumn forest, it was taken last year, and I just fell in love with the vintage style, so I made a vintage forest background of it. Great use in web design with blurred backgrounds in an autumn theme!
Hope you like it, as usual, creative commons licence, if you need a commercial licence or without back-link, just drop me message, I am sure we can find an agreement!
The vintage autumn background is a jpeg file, resolution 4000 * 3000 px and about 6MB in size.
If you use it somewhere, I’d love to see it, if you want, you can link it in the comments!
A nice autumn week to everyone!
It is just amazing if you think about, how our world is filled with diversity. Be it diversity among us people, or amongst the animals, the trees also are so different, even in their ways to lose their leaves in autumn.
Some trees have lost almost every leave by now, and others are still green like in the summer.
Some trees turn slowly, all leaves at once, and others, like the birches, seems to lose their color in steps. Some of the leaves turn yellow, and others are still green, which gives the birch a funny colored look.
These days have been really a blessing, sun shines from sunrise to sunset, and the trees begin to change their colors. Some are green as usual, but there are few, who are already burst out in beautiful colors.
I really hope the days stay so beautiful.
I’d really love to see your autumn pictures, have you too such beautiful colors in your country? If you have a blog, page or site with autumn pictures, please link them in comments, thank you!
- Autumn (verymuchdutch.wordpress.com)
- 33 Autumn Photographs That Will Remind You How Beautiful The World Is (thoughtcatalog.com)
A little experiment with gimp and a beautiful flower I had received as a gift, the extract is not perfect, but the flower is.
This chrysanthemum is free for non-commercial use, for detaillered license check the creative commons buttons on the right!
Hope you enjoy it, it comes in resolution 2000px x 2000px as a png file.
There was a dandelion,
With lovely, fluffy hair,
That glistened in the sunshine,
And in the summer air.
And oh! This pretty dandelion
Soon grew old and grey,
And, sad to tell! Her charming hair,
Blew many miles away.
Soon old and grey, I like that one! A little reminder, that we will be old and grey too, and no matter, how dark all days sometimes seems to be, all this is going to be left behind one day…
- What Those Poor Misunderstood Dandelions Can Do For You (alternativemedicineandherbs.com)
It’s the simple things in life,
we usually overlook,
but, when we miss them,
that they were a blessing…
On this note, I wish all a blessed Ramadhan, let us make the best of these nights!
May Allah make us one of those who enters ar-Rayyan! amiin
(And a note to my dear non-muslim readers, in the month of ramadan, we muslims do not eat from sunrise to sunset, so this glass of water and the date were so precious to me at that time, it was still some hours to sunset left…)