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Bittersweet and beautiful
(Copied from the book Savor: Living Abundantly Where You Are, As You Are)

You turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothes me with joy, that my heart may sing your praises and not be silent.  Lord my God, I will praise you forever.

- Psalm 30: 11-12

Bittersweet is the idea that in all things there is both something broken and something beautiful, that there is a sliver of lightness on even the darkest of nights, a shadow of hope in every heartbreak, and that rejoincing is no less rich when it contains a splinter of sadness.  

Bittersweet is the practice of believing that we really do need both the bitter and the sweet, and that a life of nothing but sweetness rots both your teeth and soul.  Bitter is what makes us strong, what forces us to push through, what helps us earn the line on our faces and calluses on our hands.  Sweet is nice enough, but bittersweet is beautiful, nuanced, full of depth and complexity.  Bitersweet is courageous, gutsy, earthy.

When life is sweet, say thank you and CELEBRATE.  And when life is bitter, say thank you and GROW.

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