At the Dawn…

29 Oct

Thank you all for the support last night…

Joy and Sorrow

by Kahlil Gibran

“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.” 

6 Responses to “At the Dawn…”

  1. greengirl October 29, 2011 at 6:59 am #

    I admire your strength and your wisdom with this. And humility – to strive to do the right thing requires that you not let your self become complacent in discovering what is right. I hope you have joy to match your sorrow.

    • aisha October 30, 2011 at 7:02 pm #

      Thank you, Greengirl, I really appreciate those words. You’re right, it’s easy to get certain and complacent…

      And I do – lots of joy!! Thanks so much, and i hope you do too… have the joy.


  2. Bill October 29, 2011 at 10:51 am #

    Ah, Kahlil Gibran, one of my favorite poets!

    • aisha October 30, 2011 at 7:04 pm #

      @Bill – Me too! My ex-husband and i connected over The Prophet, we used to take turns reading it to each other… Now there are parts of it I read to my clients. And now I’ll think of you when I do!


  3. Andi October 29, 2011 at 11:30 am #

    This is so perfectly what I needed to hear.

    • aisha October 30, 2011 at 7:05 pm #

      @Andi ~ I’m so glad it was what you needed. I’m thinking you need some hugs too???

      Many hugs,


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