Into each life, some rain must fall

- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

To love and live passionately means to have a willingness to put ourselves at risk of the pain. 

The pain of loss, of grief or even of general unhappiness is inevitable.

I'm not sure how we came to believe and behave as if unhappiness is some type of virus to be stamped out.  That pain is something to be avoided at all costs.  This attitude, I believe, leads us to more trouble than many others.

I embrace the idea that we as individuals have cycles, just as certainly as nature does. 

Just as the Sun does not stay up in the sky, even the longest nights have an end.   The coldest Winters are followed by the budding Spring.  The harshest of summers eventually take rest to find solace as the cooling winds of Autumn soothe the beaded brow. 

When we can grasp the idea of this cycle as natural, we might realize it is filled with opportunity.  This means just as farmers have found ways of success when they work with the seasons, we too can find ways of making the down times work for us.  At least it might help us frame it in our mind to appreciate the better days when a good day doesn't have rain! 

So yes, in the spirit of this thought, I do wish you a little pain, enough to appreciate the joy the next time it comes to you.

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