More Sorrow, More Joy

June 21, 2019

Photo by Viviane Okubo on Unsplash

“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 in truth that you are weeping for that which has been your delight.” 
— Kahlil Gibran

You Might Also Like


  1. Ah Kathy such wisdom in these words. Hope all is well today in your world and you are experiencing much joy!

  2. I've always loved Kahlil. It does seem counter-intuitive that authentic joy and sorrow define each other, but they do. Deeply. Thank you for your beautiful words! May we always find the joy that emerges from sorrow - stronger and more vibrant, resilient, and vital.

    1. Thanks for stopping by and commenting, Elizabeth. It does seem counter-intuitive, but joy and sorrow seem to work together, and I know that I appreciate happy times even more when I've experienced suffering.

  3. Yes, life is so full of contrasts....perhaps they are all one and the