These are the happiest days of my life. These are the saddest days of my life. Read that again. Is this even possible? Can we be up and down at the same time? These two sides to all things. This yin and this yang. This duality. Balancing between these two opposing forces. Trying to live somewhere in the middle. The more that I work on myself. The more that I let the things that don’t belong to me go. The more that I let myself be happy. The more that I also open myself up to sadness. There is no other way. I have come to understand that living is really about feeling. All of it. And in order to feel happiness, we also need to be willing to feel sadness. One cannot exist without the other. All the same. All one. This continuum. Life’s circles. Winter solstice. The shortest day. The longest night. Closing this loop. Mother nature showing us that a time for recovery is necessary after a time for prosperity. That both darkness and light are a necessary part of life. She is our true rhythm. We can try to resist her. But we must understand that mother does indeed know best. May we have the courage to accept her dark season’s invitation to feel our own inner darkness. Feel it to heal it. As we patiently open to this re-emerging light.