This is a concept I came up with after I lost my first love, (I know I know so cliché but bear with me) and it has only proven itself to be more true year after year.
I see joy and pain as two sides of the same hourglass; every time life flips it over, each side is capable of holding more.
There are times in life where you don’t think you can take any more pain. Your heart is so broken to bits and you have no idea how you will put the pieces back together. But we all know how that story ends. Eventually, you find your way back to solid ground. The next time you taste joy after you’ve been in the depths of despair, it’s as if your heart has never tasted of an emotion so sweet. You wonder how it’s possible that you have never felt such heart-swelling goodness in your life and then you realize…
It’s because now you understand how it feels to be so far away from joy.
Now that you’ve been deep in the shadows of the valley, the mountaintop seems that much brighter.
Be thankful for the times when life hands you your fair share of pain. Know that it’s just stretching your soul to be that much more capable of holding joy.
Featured photo for this post by Mackenzie Maroney