the joys of spring

Kahlil Gibran said that he who has not looked on sorrow will never see joy. Most people will agree that pain is an inevitable part of life and there are those who wholeheartedly advocate an “avoid at all costs” approach to this non-negotiable.

What I, however, find particularly intruiging is the perceived link between beauty and pain. My favourite formulation of this comes from Pierre-Auguste Renoir who said, “The pain passes, but the beauty remains,” implying that beauty is often birthed out of pain or even accompanied by it. Michelangelo said, “A beautiful thing never gives so much pain as does failing to hear and see it,” and Clyde Reed echoes this, “Many of us do not realize that pain and joy run together. When we cut ourselves off from pain, we unwittingnly cut ourselves off from joy as well.”

wishing you all a weekend full of joy and beauty

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