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Take away the cause, and the effect ceases.
-- Miguel de Cervantes


Wednesday, December 15, 1999

Sadness means you care

Sadness is an intensity of life’s longing for itself. We often focus on the painful part, the longing. And yet there is also in sadness a profound affirmation of life, of what could have been, of what can still be.

Sadness is possible only because you care. The more you care, the more pronounced the sadness, and yet, the more potential for joy you also have. Though sadness may often feel like emptiness, it is not.

In every sadness, there is a kernel of joy. Something in your sadness lets you know, without the slightest doubt, that things are not as they should be. That something is the joy which you know, just as assuredly, does exist.

Sadness means you sincerely care. Build on that. Strengthen it. See past the pain of the moment and find a positive outlet for the depth of your feelings. Know that your sadness affirms the joy and beauty that life can be. Experience the purity of being fully alive and let that profound caring propel you forward.

— Ralph Marston

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