Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Happy Earth Day! What a wonderful day to remember how amazing this blue marble where we reside is. How vast the universe, how intense the power of this living organism that gives life and sustains our needs. To respect the riches this planet provides takes stewardship from its inhabitants and its leaders.
This is high on my list when voting for a presidential candidate. I'm looking for a president that has insight and ideas that will allign with mine.
Below is a poem I am sharing as I find it moving on many levels.
Joy and Sorrow
~Kahlil Gibran from 'The Prophet'
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.
Blessings this Earth Day!