“Poetry is a deal of joy and pain and wonder, with a dash of the dictionary.” — Kahlil Gibran
When I read this quote from Gibran, a word stands out; “pain”.
I can’t really say why, but I feel a deep connection with that word.
Maybe because nowadays everyone seems to focus mostly on happiness, considering pain a momentary condition to overcome as soon as possible.
Or maybe it is because it is “pain” that taught me the most powerful lessons in my life.
I’m well aware of the inspiring power of wonder or the energy created by joy. But we should never underestimate the creative potential of pain.
Pain is part of life. When we feel pain, we can do everything we can to get rid of it. Or we can explore it to find the lesson it carries.
I believe that to awaken the artist within, we must be willing to delve into pain and sadness, to explore our shadows, to face our dragons.
“Our fears are like dragons guarding our deepest treasures.” — Rainer Maria Rilke