A Tear and a Smile

There is always a thin line between the different emotions we have within us. In life, in order to be happy, we must first know how it feels to be sad because that is how we truly know how to experience any kind of happiness or self-fulfillment. A tear can lead to a smile because happiness and sorrow come hand in hand.  Our sorrows in some way purify us and give us understanding of the world we live in.

This is one of my favorite parts from the book called ”a Tear and a Smile” by Khalil Gibran:

I would not exchange the sorrows of my heart
For the joys of the multitude.
And I would not have the tears that sadness makes
To flow from my every part turn into laughter.

I would that my life remain a tear and a smile.

A tear to purify my heart and give me understanding
Of life’s secrets and hidden things.
A smile to draw me nigh to the sons of my kind and
To be a symbol of my glorification of the gods.

A tear to unite me with those of broken heart;
A smile to be a sign of my joy in existence.

I would rather that I died in yearning and longing than that I live Weary and despairing.

I want the hunger for love and beauty to be in the
Depths of my spirit, for I have seen those who are
Satisfied the most wretched of people.
I have heard the sigh of those in yearning and Longing, and it is sweeter than the sweetest melody.

With evening’s coming the flower folds her petals
And sleeps, embracingher longing.
At morning’s approach she opens her lips to meet
The sun’s kiss.

The life of a flower is longing and fulfilment.
A tear and a smile.

The waters of the sea become vapor and rise and come
Together and area cloud.

And the cloud floats above the hills and valleys
Until it meets the gentle breeze, then falls weeping
To the fields and joins with brooks and rivers to Return to the sea, its home.

The life of clouds is a parting and a meeting.
A tear and a smile.

And so does the spirit become separated from
The greater spirit to move in the world of matter
And pass as a cloud over the mountain of sorrow
And the plains of joy to meet the breeze of death
And return whence it came.

The Inspirational Book: “Tuesday’s with Morrie”

The Genuine Meaning of a Teacher

Mitch Albom, a former student and friend of Morrie, wrote “Tuesday’s with Morrie” to reflect the times he spent with Morrie before Morrie passed away.

A thought provoking story of life, death, identity, existence, acceptance, journeys and much more, “Tuesday’s with Morrie,leaves readers open to question all elements of his or her life.

Described as “the runaway bestseller that changed millions of lives, “Tuesday’s with Morrie” teaches us life’s greatest lessons.

Readers learned what is important in life, to live each moment to the fullest, and to not take anything in life for granted.

The author Mitch Albom is faced with a crossroads in his life. He started to question what is important to him and what he really wants.

Being a workaholic cost Albom his marriage and in some ways his sense of identity. He went through a divorce because he was not ready for the same things his wife wanted, which was a family.

Morrie was one of Mitch’s greatest, most looked up to professor in college. On graduation day, Mitch promised his former professor he would keep in touch.

Unfortunately, time passed and Mitch had not seen or heard from his dear professor in 16 years.

Fate intervened and Morrie was reunited with his professor, but under unpleasant circumstances.

Morrie was diagnosed with a life threatening illness

called ALS, Amyotropic Lateral Sclerious.

“ALS is like a lit candle: it melts your nerves and leaves your body a pile of wax,” wrote Mitch.

Death was imminent for Morrie and his doctor told him candidly.

When faced with this chronic illness, Morrie questions himself.

“Do I wither up and disappear, or do I make the best out of my time left?” he asked.

Morrie decided to make his life “a human textbook.”

”Study me in my slow and patient demise. Watch what happens to me. Learn with me,” Morrie said.

Every Tuesday, Morrie and Mitch got together at Morrie’s home and discussed important issues such as the world, self-pity, regrets, death, family, emotions, the fear of aging, money, love, marriage, culture, forgiveness, and the perfect day.

“He was intent on proving that the word “dying” was not synonymous with “useless,” wrote Mitch.

Mitch learned from Morrie more than he ever anticipated. He changed from a man who took pride in “advertised” values to a man who paid attention to his loved ones and all the other important elements that make up life.

Mitch revitalized his relationship with his brother who was also suffering from a chronic illness. Mitch began to keep in touch with family members and no longer took life for granted.

The author, Albom, spoke openly to his readers, inquisitively allowing them to reflect on the significance of teachers and the long-term impact they may have on their lives.