The Power of Contrast is a phrase I heard a few months ago regarding the topic of pain, trauma, and loss. Basically, it means there is a place for both extremes of life. We often only want happiness, joy, and delight. I know that is the way I am bent. But the reality is that I can't know joy without sorrow because I would have no context for it. I believe so much of life is spent fighting against the contrast rather than accepting it as reality. There is a beautiful article out of the Huffington Post that my wife forwarded to me that completely summarizes this contrast.
Here is an excerpt from Glennon Melton's article...
"How was my day? Today has been a lifetime. It was the best of times and the worst of times. There were moments when my heart was so full I thought I might explode, and there were other moments when my senses were under such intense assault that I was CERTAIN I'd explode. I was both lonely and absolutely desperate to be alone. I was saturated -- just BOMBARDED with touch and then the second I put down this baby I yearned to smell her sweet skin again. I was simultaneously bored out of my skull and completely overwhelmed with so much to do. Today was too much and not enough. It was loud and silent. It was brutal and beautiful. I was at my very best today and then, just a moment later, at my very worst."
Click Here for the Article by Glennon Melton out of the Huffington Post