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Love Sorrow


Love sorrow


Lay its head in your lap and kiss it good night


Place its hand in yours and remind it of its importance


Feel its weight in your bones and remember its worth


Let it take up space in your heart but also make room for joy


Hold them both with tenderness and grace


Keep them close but give them room to move about


Listen to their stories of laughter and grief


Feel them both so there is not one left thinking they don’t belong


Allow yourself to dance between them

Amidst the tears that sorrow brings and the warmth in your heart that joy gifts to you


Let them both trickle down upon you Like the feeling of warm rain on a summer day


Love them both equally


For without sorrow we would not know joy

And without joy we would not know our capacity to touch our spirit free of pain


When you tuck them into bed whisper your words softly to them and take care not to judge them


For they can be fragile and may want to hide away lest they don’t feel seen


Wrap your arms around each of them and thank them for what they bring


Love sorrow and also joy


~ Shawnee Thornton Hardy

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