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
Connected “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.