"You cannot protect yourself from sadness without protecting yourself from happiness."

You cannot protect yourself from sadness without protecting yourself from happiness.This quote reminds me of another by author Kahlil Gibran that says, “The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain.”

When I’m going through a rough or stressful time the Gibran quote is often on my mind. Today I took a trip to the vet’s with a friend and her horse. The visit reminded me of the last trip I took with Vaquero to the vet. It is a memory that is full of sadness.

When I reflect and try to see how this sadness has shaped my happiness it isn’t hard for me to see.

I remember thinking that I would be happy just to have Vaquero come home and live as a pasture pet. Gone were my hopes of more freestyle reining classes. I was quickly willing to accept less than I had been before. Suddenly the simple things in life were the things that mattered.






  1. johanna on March 20, 2015 at 10:30 pm

    very cool, love your thoughts on what matters

  2. Debbie Jo Deckard on March 20, 2015 at 8:43 pm

    This is so Beautiful and True…Thank You for sharing this

  3. Arthur Rirrer on March 20, 2015 at 10:18 am

    That is hard to understand and take it negative until you look at it very deep.

  4. Jenny Northcott on March 20, 2015 at 1:29 am

    I’m so sorry that your friend had such a sad day with their horse. I’m sure he/she was very grateful to have you there as support. It’s reading such quotes that help remind us, while going through such difficult moments in our lives, that we will one day feel the joy again as difficult as that is to believe.

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