Sadness

Thoughts for today….
Oct 25, 2018

I shared some photographs this summer of magnolia blossoms. They were incredibly soft and delicate looking. In a few days the blossoms began to turn brown and I did not photograph those. Then yesterday I went back to the courtyard where the magnolia trees grow and found my blossom had transformed itself into seed pods and bright red seeds were forming. While I had thought its beauty passed with the dying of the bloom it was really just changing and the changes were deliberate and part of its journey. Sometimes I despair of my sadness, but I must have faith in its purpose.

Below is a quote I like…
So you must not be frightened if a sadness rises up before you larger than any you have ever seen; if a restiveness, like light and cloud shadows, passes over your hands and over all you do. You must think that something is happening with you, that life has not forgotten you, that it holds you in its hand; it will not let you fall. Why do you want to shut out of your life any uneasiness, any miseries, or any depressions? For after all, you do not know what work these conditions are doing inside you.”
― Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet

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