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Sadness and Joy

Yes.
Loss is sad. Unimaginably, painfully sad.
But joyful, loving times in the past, can remain joyful in loving memory today,
alongside, but not diminished by the long aching sadness of loss.
We can learn to hold sadness and joy together in our now expanding heart.
Then the sadness is as welcome as the joy.
And there is gratitude for both.
--gs 2014

Later, i found this resonance ... an interpretation of The Little Prince
Can You Feel Sadness and Joy at the Same Time?
The "Michael Brown" mentioned in the article is This "Michael Brown" :-)