Since I have started art journaling, I have accumulated a stash of random papers and bits that I plan to someday use in a journal. A couple days ago I was going through the bin where I keep (most) of these random bits, when I came across a sheet of paper with a poem/quote printed on it. I have saved this paper for a long time, even before art journaling, because I really liked the sentiment and I didn’t want to forget it. When I came across it again the other day, I decided to put it on a journal page and get it out of the “stuff” before it got messed up. Actually how it has survived so well for this long I don’t even know, but I’m happy about it! So down went some paint and stamps, then some tags and the poem thingy, and after a few finishing touches I think it is just about done.
“Life is a process of letting go, letting go of conditions we can’t control, letting go of people — watching them move out of our lives, letting go of times, places, experiences. Leaving behind anyone or anyplace we have loved may sadden us, but it also provides us opportunities for growth we hadn’t imagined. These experiences push us beyond our former selves to deeper understandings of ourselves and of others.
So often those experiences that sadden us, that trigger pain, are the best lessons life is able to offer. Experiencing the pain, surviving the pain that wrenches us emotionally, stretches us to new heights. Life is enriched by the pain. Our experiences with all other persons thereafter are deeper. Instead of dreading the ending of a time, the departure of a loved one, we must try to appreciate what we have gained already, and know that life is fuller for it.”
I believe the quote is from this book “From Each Day a New Beginning: Daily Meditations for Women by Karen Casey © 1982, 1991 by Hazelden Foundation.” But I am not positive. This is the only source I could find of it online, the paper I had was printed a long time ago (check out that ’90’s’ style printer type) and has been floating around my house for years. So it finally found a home in my journal 🙂