Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Joy and Sorrow

This week-end has been full of tragedy but life goes on. Even though terrible things happen, somewhere something wonderful is happening at the same time. It is important we remember that joy and sorrow walk the same path. Kahlil Gibran says it well:

---Your joy is your sorrow unmasked. And the selfsame well from which your laughter rises was oftentimes filled with your tears.And how else can it be? The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain. Is not the cup that hold your wine the very cup that was burned in the potter's oven? And is not the lute that soothes your spirit, the very wood that was hollowed with knives? When you are joyous, look deep into your heart and you shall find it is only that which has given you sorrow that is giving you joy. When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.Some of you say, "Joy is greater than sorrow," and others say, "Nay, sorrow is the greater."But I say unto you, they are inseparable.Together they come, and when one sits alone with you at your board, remember that the other is asleep upon your bed. Verily you are suspended like scales between your sorrow and your joy.Only when you are empty are you at standstill and balanced.When the treasure-keeper lifts you to weigh his gold and his silver, needs must your joy or your sorrow rise or fall.--- 

So now it is time to take a deep breath and move on. Saturday the 23, July was a day of some joy for my son and his birth father as they met each-other for the first time.

 The Musician and the Biker, Denver Co.


Nervous, awkward, surreal? Yes, these are words that have been used describing their first meeting. Also; relaxing, humorous and exciting. Mixed emotions thrown together in a stew brought about a rather satisfying result. Two relative strangers that share the same blood and some of the same features also now can use words like Dad and Son. Once again proving that sorrow can turn to joy.


Saturday 23, July 2011 a baby was born. Someone elses son  came into this world on the wings of joy. This little boy I will be able to call my nephew. Saw-mans brother had his first child together with the love of his life. If it is on Facebook then it must be fair game so here is a picture of the little heart-breaker.

Little Baby Boy Nephew


So my friends, wherever you go when you meet sorrow know that joy is somewhere near. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all your support these past few days. They have meant the world to me and to the rest of this country. I would love to hear some of the joy you have recently encountered so let's share a smile!



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14 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Where there is darkness, there is always light! That's great your son finally got to meet his father.

sue said...

Siv, my thoughts have been with your countrymen experiencing so much grief. If I had a 'smellablog" I'd send the exquisite perfume of violets that seem to have taken over the garden while we were away. Technology isn't there yet, so I've written a drabble and send a virtual hug, and a tearful smile.

So glad the meeting went well and that you are now a proud auntie!

Sue

Bob said...

My joy comes from the strength of your people, Siv. Everyday, I am strengthened through the stories I read, like these in your blog.

Elisabeth Hirsch said...

What an awesome picture, and a wonderful meeting :0)

Karen Walker said...

Siv, your son and his dad look so much alike, it is uncanny. So glad their meeting went well. As for what happened in Norway, it grieves my heart to think there is still so much hatred in this world. Will it ever end? My joy? My singing group, Sugartime, will get to sing at the New Mexico State Fair this year. It is very exciting!
karen

Michael Di Gesu said...

That was a beautiful post Sis...

I am so happy for all of you coming together. Your son is lucky to have found you to give him back a part of his life that he never had. Now he has a mother, sisters, a brother, nephews, and a father to grow with for the rest of his life. Be proud of that....

Congrats to You and Rune .... more additions to the family.... Isn't it wonderful?!

Happiness for me these days is a sunny day filled with blue skies, and birds happily chirping away.

shelly said...

If you go to my blog, you'll see pics of my new grandson. He was born July 20, 2011. http://www.shellysnovicewritings.blogspot.com/

And your son and x are definitely carbons of each other.

I'm also still sending postive thoughts to your country and shedding a few tears, too. When I flippe on the TV this morning it was the first thing mentioned on the news again.

erica and christy said...

Thanks for sharing your son's story - they look very happy to be able to know each other.

My five-year-old is in that really inquisitive stage where everything sparks a question or observation. He makes me so happy to be his mom (and, of course, his brother's). :)
erica

Hilary said...

Hi Siv .. a devastating time - but for you a time of great personal joy .. that your son meets his father and they can now become as they are meant to be for the rest of their lives .. happy with each other.

Then Sawman's newest addition to your extending family ...

Such happy times - despite the desperate sorrow that others and your country are feeling .. my thoughts go out to you in so many ways .. Hilary

Nadia said...

I can't say it enough but I love that pic of Geoff and Don, they both look genuinely happy. Your new nephew is absolutely adorable as well!

I'm sorry for everything that has happened in Norway :( I can't believe someone could even be capable of doing something so horrible. Norway will come out stronger from this than it ever has before.

Linda H. said...

What a cute baby! And what an amazing year for your son.

Craziness abounds said...

Well I can see the resemblance in dad and boy! As for the baby he is adorable! What a treasure! I'm glad some happiness came you way this week.. You needed it.

Susan Kane said...

Seeing a newborn baby is a good way to get perspective in a time of intense sorrow. Go hold that little boy! I wish I could.

Geoff Maritz said...

Siv what happened to your country really threw me. I've been unable to read any blogs pertaining to your country because they hurt so much. We all have a lesson to learn from the way the people of Norway have handled this. God bless you my friend, you inspire me with your ability to see good and come out smiling, Geoff.