Sorrow prepares you for joy

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My sister sent this adage to me this morning. I found it uplifting, especially on this overcast and chilly day. The image is of a new garden bed recently cleared of invasive weeds and waiting for its soil to be amended. In the center is a dormant peach tree, recently transplanted from the overcrowded orchard at work.

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“Sorrow prepares you for joy. It violently sweeps everything out of your house, so that new joy can find space to enter. It shakes the yellow leaves from the bough of your heart, so that fresh, green leaves can grow in their place. It pulls up the rotten roots, so that new roots hidden beneath have room to grow. Whatever sorrow shakes from your heart, far better things will take their place.”

—Rumi

Yours always,

—hipstergardener

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