“Sorrow prepares you for joy. It violently sweeps everything out of your house, so that new joy can find space to enter. It shakes the yellow leaves from the bough of your heart, so that fresh, green leaves can grow in their place. It pulls up the rotten roots, so that new roots hidden beneath have room to grow. Whatever sorrow shakes from your heart, far better things will take their place.” ― Jalaluddin Rumi
To Ponder: Have you ever gone through a period when grief actually made you sick, when sorrow threatened to undo you? When you reached the other side, did “far better things” replace what you lost?
To Ponder: Which is it for you? Do you only smile when you feel joyful? Or do you smile to bring joy?