She’s a bittersweet necessity to our humanity and well-being. Sadness reminds us that true happiness comes from honoring both our sorrows and our delights. Crying helps her “slow down and obsess about the weight of life’s problems.” She encourages us to sing the blues - loudly and with good friends.
Longing child – I Am One Who holds the grief of painful losses deep in my heart. Never harsh or overbearing, the feeling is always within my reach. Floating to the surface unexpectedly at times, Sadness reminds me to honor and care for her. I still search for solace in the miracles of life.
Global grief/compassion – I Am One Who feels the weight of the world's sorrows and injustices heavily on my shoulders. This drives my passionate, relentless battles to solve and resolve. My Sadness is expansive, often intermingling with Fear and the Anger of frustration. Why can't the world be a more peaceful place? How can humankind be so awe-inspiring, and yet so evil? I cry with helplessness as I witness it all.
Reflections on this process:
My search for the faces of Sadness in my deck helped me to better understand my Grief/Compassion card, which has continuously shifted between my Council and Committee suit. More exploration to do with this energy, that’s for certain.