The Ancient poet Rumi said this about sorrow:
“Sorrow prepares you for joy. It violently sweeps everything out of your house so new joy can find space to enter. It shakes the yellow leaves from your heart’s bough so 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.”
But, my friend, it can be easy to forget that far better things await us. If sorrow becomes the controlling aspect of our life, then the new roots of joy will remain hidden from view. Dark clouds tend to hide the sunshine.
Sorrow can come from losing someone we deeply care about through death or divorce. We call such sorrow grief. Sadness can creep into our hearts because we did accomplish everything we set out to do. We call that regret.
Many circumstances can lead individuals to feelings of sorrow and sadness. Does this sound familiar to you? Job termination or layoffs can lead to feelings of sadness and fear. A failed relationship certainly has the power to lead one to sorrow and even depression.
Webster’s dictionary defines sorrow as deep distress, sadness, or regret, especially for the loss of someone or something loved. How we carry such grief can define us. Though we have sadness for events that have occurred, we should not let them burden us as we live. My friend, we do not have to let sorrow define us. Each person has the opportunity to find peace and joy. We understand that some events will grieve us and make sadness a part of our life. However, we also do not want such events to lead us to depression and hopelessness due to lingering sorrow.
We want to help you process sorrow and grief at Commitment to Hope. We can provide you with the tools to understand that sadness and sorrow can be understood and dealt with. Everyone can find a sense of peace and joy. Our team wants to help you get to that place of wholeness.
We look forward to speaking to you about grief counseling and strength-based therapy to help you process sorrow. Please make an appointment today. We have offices in Toledo, Canton, and Cleveland. We also serve all of Ohio through telehealth therapy.