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Life is an experiment to see how willing and capable we are of opening, releasing, and expanding our own souls. How many of us truly want to go on that journey? My favorite poem speaks about the entangling nature of Joy and Sorrow…
“Your joy is your sorrow unmasked. And the same well from which your laughter rises was often times 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 holds 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, "No, sorrow is the greater." But I say unto you, they are inseparable.”
What I’ve come to realize is that beauty is broken, broken is beautiful… and that’s what makes us human. What do you feel the most joy or sorrow towards in your life? What about that makes it beautiful?
Vulnerability takes courage, your vulnerability proves your strength. Your shadows prove the sunshine. The same author goes on to say,
“You have been told that, even like a chain, you are as weak as your weakest link. This is but half the truth. You are also as strong as your strongest link. To measure you by your smallest deed is to reckon the power of the ocean by the frailty of its foam.”
What I love about music is that it opens us to unequivocal truth. Its melody paints the colors of our heart and all of it’s longing into sound and space. Its mess becomes art. Its story becomes our anthem. All art is beautiful because its expression. Glimpses of our soul can become an everlasting song.