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Sometimes Life Is Joyous
Recently I’ve felt very blessed.
I’m working on an amazing and exciting project with my good friend Leo, I have an amazing partner, I love the city I live in, and I learn something new almost every day.
For the first time in my life it feels like I might be able to let go of the fear that I’m somehow inherently inadequate.
This joy has made me goofy. It has helped me smile easily and forgive readily. And each day I feel grateful for these blessings.
But in this joy is the secret truth that it will not last.
The rain will come, the skies will darken, and I will move forward like someone searching for a light switch in the dark, stumbling and grasping.
But this does not take away. Instead, the joy feels even more sweet and real. Its frailty reflecting my own impermanence.
Sometimes Life Is Painful
I don’t have to look very far to remember a different day. A day filled with doubt and fear. A day spent with my head in my hands, damp with tears.
A day spent with heartbreak, loneliness, and self-doubt. No door seemed open to me and I went on despite feeling empty and without hope.
But in this pain was the secret truth that it would not last. No matter how solid and unmoving it felt. No matter how deeply it ached. It would fade.
It would fade because a cup of pain is always emptied eventually. But I didn’t know that back then, because it seemed so full that I couldn’t imagine my life extending beyond it. And yet, here I am.
Life is all that we put in and take out of it. It is both a cup empty and a cup full. It’s the fear of uncertainty and the solidity of flow wrapped into one. And it is sublime because of it.
No matter where you are today: happy, sad, or in between. Close your eyes and say, “This will not last.” Then open your eyes and cherish your rich feelings for three breaths then let them go.
The only way to truly suffer is to place a dam in life where it never should be.