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Life Is Beautiful

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And you must be able to bear your sorrow; even if it seems to crush you, you will be able to stand up again, for human beings are so strong, and your sorrow must become an integral part of yourself; you mustn’t run away from it.

Do not relieve your feelings through hatred, do not seek to be avenged on all Germans, for they, too, sorrow at this moment. Give your sorrow all the space and shelter in yourself that is its due, for if everyone bears grief honestly and courageously, the sorrow that now fills the world will abate.

But if you do instead reserve most of the space inside of you for hatred and thoughts of revenge – from which new sorrows will be born for others – then sorrow will never cease in this world. And if you have given sorrow the space it demands, then you may truly say: life is beautiful and so rich. So beautiful and so rich that it makes you want to believe in God.

~ Etty Hillesum, Holocaust Victim

Written by MattAndJojang

March 23, 2012 at 10:56 am

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  1. It’s time for me to begin catching up, now. I received word this past week that a blogger who had disappeared from our community some time ago actually died a year ago. Her story’s on my blog – she began as a broadcast journalist, and ended in a homeless shelter.

    It’s quite an unbelievable story, but I read this several times during the week and found it helpful. Sorrow does have its space, and if we live there with it for a time, it will abate.


    March 25, 2012 at 10:04 am

  2. So sad to hear about this, Linda… Pain and suffering, though, is a part and parcel of life. And sometimes we just simply have to create a space for it until it abates.

    Just rereading this quote from Rilke which I think is relevant to what we’re talking about:

    “…have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and to try to love the questions themselves as if they were locked rooms or books written in a very foreign language. Don’t search for the answers, which could not be given to you now, because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer.”

    ~ Matt


    March 25, 2012 at 11:08 am

  3. This is very touching. I have read a lot from those who survived this. They stories are heartbreaking and very uplifting. If one can survive this, one can survive anything.


    March 27, 2012 at 10:53 am

  4. I can only imagine what the survivors of the Holocaust went through. It really amazes me that, in spite of what they went through, they can can still forgive the people who were responsible for what they went through! Their strength and courage is truly inspiring.

    Thank you for visiting our blog, Red.

    ~ Matt


    March 27, 2012 at 11:18 am

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