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People seem not to see that their opinion of the world is also a confession of character.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson


Wednesday, August 11, 2021

Sadness and happiness

Life can sometimes become consistently good for a long, continuous stretch. Yet eventually difficulties will show up.

In other times, life can feel like a never-ending string of problems. Even so, there are sure to be new joys to experience ahead.

Through the prospect of future joy and your confidence that it will come, you’re able to endure the hard times. And because of those difficult times, you’re able to more fully appreciate the joys when they do come.

Sadness and happiness are not as far apart as you might imagine. Over time they continue to enable and contribute to each other.

Because of this dynamic, in your happiness you can feel genuine gratitude. And in your sadness you can feel well founded hope.

Life has been changing for a very long time, and will reliably continue to do so. And in that very process of change, life always gives you much to be thankful for and much more to look forward to.

— Ralph Marston

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