Before you know kindness…

girl sorrow

“Before you know kindness as the deepest thing inside, you must know sorrow as the other deepest thing.”

Naomi Shihab Nye, the Great River













Quote Source: Thank you crashinglybeautifulImage Source: Thank you art42 via Crescentmoon

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  1. So true. We often want to feel kindness, but will go to extremes to avoid sorrow. Although I preach against all or none thinking, here it is feel it all or none at all.


  2. LaDona's Music Studio says:

    There’s a lot of truth in that – yes – I think it’s true for a lot in life.


  3. What a perfect complement the picture are to the words and vice versa. How tragic it would be to live in the middle – never knowing joy because of the fear of being sorrow. And like so many of yours – this is a perfect post.


  4. David, though I enjoy your blog I have a question you may wish to help me with that is unrelated to this comment. What settings do you use so that the whole content of your posts does not appear on a ‘followers’ email? Thanks in anticipation.


    • Hi John. Could you send me an example (to so I can see what you are referring to? I might be able to then point you to what I may be doing. I believe that I am “splitting my post” by including a “Insert More Tag” which splits the post. The Tag which can be found in the menu bar.


  5. So true. It’s like we never know true happiness if we haven’t experienced intense sorrow.


  6. Nice post.


  7. So, so true. I’ve found through my life that the people I meet who have suffered the most or known the most adversity are usually the most grounded and the most compassionate. Ya need the dark to revel in the light…..


  8. beautifully said… i’ve never seen this quote, thanks for sharing.


  9. Alex Jones says:

    That be true, since how can we appreciate the positive without knowing its alternative negative?


  10. So true. Well said.


  11. Sorrow and pain is part of this fallen world we all live in. The important part is how to forgive and move forward with a smile on our face to dream another dream:-)


  12. So beautiful, the poem and the accompanying image.


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