It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

Author Unknown

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Chapter 9, Page 30, Book 17

The good times of today, are the sad thoughts of tomorrow. 

Bob Marley

Holding Joy and Sorrow in each hand

Appreciate and remember the good times. Forgive and forget the bad.

Author Unknown

 Sorrow and joy are two sides of the same coin. One cannot exist with out the other.  Joy doesn't deny sorrow or loss, it exists alongside it and opens our hearts so we can bear all that life is.

Joy is a gift. It comes to us unbidden at times, surprising us in ordinary quiet moments more often than the big stupendous times.  It is something we don’t earn. It is a grace we receive for being simply being alive. Like any gift it is best received with a grateful heart. 

Sorrow and scarlet leaf,
Sad thoughts and sunny weather.
Ah me, this glory and this grief
Agree not well together!

Thomas Parsons

I for one would rather have a raft full of joyful memories stored in my heart and  mind  when sorrow comes. They’ll be there to remind me of what I’ve known,  and give me strength. 

Life is like a roller coaster ride with highs of happiness and lows of sorrow and sadness infringing into our felicity from time to time. There is a tendency for people to slip away into sorrow, which sadly isn’t a happy feeling. The feeling of sorrow can leave you battling with the worse feeling of acute sadness, worthlessness and loneliness.Take heart in the fact that sorrow is a passing phase and the clouds of sadness will blow away and you will be happy again.

Good times are a reminder and a reward for dealing with the difficult and challenging times we all go through. The trick is to celebrate the good times in advance of the difficult times. Always remember, good times await you after the difficult times pass .


betty said...

So true good times follow difficult times. We just need to remember that.


Mevely317 said...

What a poignant quote by Bob Marley!
To everything there is a season .....

jack69 said...

I always enjoy reading other comments. I usually get the same feeling, however today, this stuck:
I for one would rather have a raft full of joyful memories stored in my heart and mind when sorrow comes. They’ll be there to remind me of what I’ve known, and give me strength.***

I do so agree with you there, the memories lift us thru the tough times.
We are safely at our house in Florida...

Back Porch Writer said...

Wishing joy for you today Ma. And you brought me joy without knowing it. The baking soda is working. Feels so much better. Thank you.


we all need strength when sorrow comes. having a joyful heart is a good start.