Yellow Brick Road

A Journal by Don Gerz

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Passion, Pain, and Joy

Passion and pain are inevitable ingredients of true life.  Without them, there is only the appearance of life and meaning.  With them, the soul cannot die.  It will live forever in passion and love, an eternal eruption of ultimate meaning, truth, and beauty.

So, if you are in a lot of physical and/or psychological pain, you just might be able to parley your misfortune into a joy that never dies.  I’m not advocating the pursuit or the glorification of suffering.  That’s sick.  All I’m saying is that pain is an unfortunate part of life, and suffering is never far from us.  Often, it is thrust upon us.  Eventually, we are all Job’s sons and daughters.

Parley your misfortune into joy, nobility, and greatness that never die.  I see people doing it all the time.  Me?  Well, I’m working on it.

Me? Well, I'm working on it.

Karen Hunt

2011-01-15 01:55 am (UTC)

We are all working on something everyday aren't we? When at the nuclear oncolgist office I see many many people, 90% look normal as if nothing is wrong with them, but if they are at that location, there is something majorly wrong.
Seeing these 90% reminds me to try to be kinder to strangers as I have not a clue as what is going on inside their body or mind.

Me? Well, I'm working on it. (me too!)

Re: Me? Well, I'm working on it.


2014-03-03 03:56 am (UTC)

Karen, I write about what you do. Well done. I'm impressed. You are quite a person. - Don

I corrected two misspellings and clarified this little piece. I’ve hurt the style, but I hope it makes it clearer that suffering is not good, that it is not to be romanticized or pursued.

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