Joy & Sorrow

3/24/2007 Learning to draw is learning to see. Painting is seeing with expression.
3/25/2007 What are my paths of desire?

Here are two images. The first image is about exploring and learning by drawing. The second image is all about expression with paint. Last I leave you with a poem I stumbled upon awhile ago but have been saving for the right post. When I re-read, "what are my paths of desire?’ I immediately thought of Gibran’s words about joy and sorrow. Of course I would choose joy but must I experience sorrow to truly feel joy?



Joy and Sorrow

Then a woman said, ‘Speak to us of Joy and Sorrow.’

And he answered:

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 hold 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 than 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.

Kahlil Gibran

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3 Responses to Joy & Sorrow

  1. joan says:

    Thank you for sharing such a beautiful post, for yes,I believe with my whole heart that it is only through great sorrow that you may experience GREAT joy 🙂
    I’ve missed you as life has taken me down paths I would have preferred to not travel this month of March, but I am happy to say I have recovered a place of light 🙂
    And Susan? Your banner is gorgeous, I cannot wait to see it ‘in person’.
    love to you.

  2. darlene says:

    how incredibly beautiful this all is … xox

  3. PixieDust says:

    Love your drawing… it take me away to a magical dream…

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