Sadness signals change.

It is an intermediate emotion, a feeling that is going somewhere.

Like a seventh or a ninth chord in music, it is rich in subtle tones that tend toward resolution, lean toward home…

You will know the real thing by this sense of movement toward happiness…

Sadness is like that moment in a rainstorm when the rain has not yet stopped, but there is a perceptible brightening…

Sadness is hopeful…

It is a soft and relaxed presence, a comfortable garment for the heart.

-Mike Mason, Practicing the Presence of People (Colorado Springs: Waterbrook Press, 1999), 98



Advertisements