The Ups and Downs of Life

My daughter Arianne is spending four months in Samoa - a place that by all accounts is a paradise.  She sends along such beautiful pictures for me to enjoy.  Yet her experience in Samoa - much like the journey each of us take through life -  is a mixture of both pleasure and pain.  This past week her whole family has been sick with a variety of ailments. 

Perhaps that is the purpose of our existence - the majesty, mystery and paradox. 

We can't have mortal life without the possibility of death.

We can't have health without sickness. 

We can't have joy without pain. 


arianne said...

Just what I needed to hear. Thank you.

shirlgirl said...

Thank you for sharing those beautiful pictures and thoughts.