I rise

Rise again“There are circumstances that must shatter you; and if you are not shattered, then you have not understood your circumstances.

In such circumstances, it is a failure for your heart not to break.

And it is pointless to put up a fight, for a fight will blind you to the opportunity that has been presented by your misfortune.

Do you wish to persevere pridefully in the old life?

Of course you do: the old life was a good life.

But it is no longer available to you.

It has been carried away, irreversibly.

So there is only one thing to be done.

Transformation must be met with transformation.

Where there was the old life, let there be the new life.

Do not persevere. Dignify the shock. Sink, so as to rise.”

~Leon Wieseltier, Kaddish

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