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This just in: Why we should be grateful for sorrow

Image by JP Danko

Image by JP Danko

“The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain.” ~ Kahil Gabran

In one of the early chapters of my book, Where the Light Enters, I reference this quote by Kahil Gabran and found it to be even more poignant now than it was when I first decided to use it. My friend, Rachel, recently posted about the joy of sorrow and its ability to show us the depth of our emotions. Gabran’s quote gets at the same idea.

When we’re hurting all we want to do is stop hurting. We just want it to go away. Instead, what if we could find a way to be just as grateful for sorrow as we are for joy? Sorrow means that we were deeply affected, that we opened ourselves to possibility. We let ourselves be vulnerable. And that doesn’t make us sad or pathetic or weak. It makes us strong and brave and courageous.

It’s okay to care for our wounds, to be really good to ourselves in an effort toward healing so that we can again be open. It takes time but don’t spend it regretting your decision to be open and wishing away sorrow. Welcome it in. Sit with it. Learn from it. It’s got so much to teach us.

About Christa Avampato

I make a living in business and I make a life as a writer, artist, and yogi. I use my business and storytelling skills to build a better world. My first novel, Emerson Page and Where the Light Enters, will be published in the Fall of 2017 by Thumbkin Prints, a children's and YA imprint of Possibilities Publishing Co. My creative career has stretched across Capitol Hill, Broadway theatre, education, nonprofit fundraising, health and wellness, and Fortune 500 companies in retail, media, and financial services. In every experience, I have used my sense of and respect for elegant design to develop meaningful products, services, program, and events to help people live happier, healthier lives. A recovering multi-tasker, I am a proud alum of UPenn (BA) and the Darden School at UVA (MBA). When not in front of my Mac, I’m on my yoga mat, walking my rescue dog, Phineas, traveling with a purpose, or practicing the high-art of people watching. I am proud to New York City my home, and I've been called the happiest New Yorker by friends and strangers alike. They're right. Follow my adventures on Twitter at and Instagram at


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