Friday, July 26, 2013

Because sharing is caring...

Last weekend sorta of of the blue I started feeling really, really bad emotionally and it was horrible. I read this quote and it really resonated with me so I'm sharing it. And luckily I'm feeling much better now.

“Life is glorious, but life is also wretched. It is both. Appreciating the gloriousness inspires us, encourages us, cheers us up, gives us a bigger perspective, energizes us. We feel connected. But if that's all that's happening, we get arrogant and start to look down on others, and there is a sense of making ourselves a big deal and being really serious about it, wanting it to be like that forever. The gloriousness becomes tinged by craving and addiction. On the other hand, wretchedness--life's painful aspect--softens us up considerably. Knowing pain is a very important ingredient of being there for another person. When you are feeling a lot of grief, you can look right into somebody's eyes because you feel you haven't got anything to lose--you're just there. The wretchedness humbles us and softens us, but if we were only wretched, we would all just go down the tubes. We'd be so depressed, discouraged, and hopeless that we wouldn't have enough energy to eat an apple. Gloriousness and wretchedness need each other. One inspires us, the other softens us. They go together.” 
― Pema Chödrön

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

If the internet was to blow up in our faces and we could only save one thing, this blog would be it. If you can produce something this precious when you feel so wretched, then I don't even wanna know what would happen if you went around feeling sunny all the time. Smile!