Do not think that the person who is trying to console you lives effortlessly among the simple, quiet words that sometimes make you feel better . . . But if it were any different he could never have found the words that he did.

Rainier Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet

 “Laugh and the world laughs with you
 Weep and you weep alone.”
 Long have I pondered this verse
 Laughter is indeed an opening and a healing
 It brightens the day and warms the soul.
 But sadness too is real
 It is part of who we are
 It connects us to all who suffer
 It is part of the one mind, the one birth.
 As I share my smile and joy, my friend
 I want you to know that my pain is real too
 When you laugh, I laugh with you
 But when you weep, you are not alone
 You have a friend who has suffered too
 We are connected, you and I
 We are one
 You are not alone. 

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