At first glance, it may seem that joy is the opposite of sorrow. Yet, there are times when sorrow is the essence of joy. To feel sorrow, one must be in touch with their deepest emotions. They must embrace the full human experiences of victory and defeat, insecurities and confidence, and acceptance and resentment or anger. Living in sorrow thereby guides us into a deeper and more full way of being. Because those of us whom embrace sorrow view it as a teacher, we are able to experience sorrow as a dimension of our humanity that nourishes our soul. In our sorrow, we gain access to a deeper love of other beings, and a compassion for others that melts away fears and prejudices, allowing us to be in community.
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