Put down the rose-colored glasses and stop

romanticizing your life. 

Turn your face up towards the sun, then the rain. 

For joy and sorrow are this world’s constant companions. 

And there is no failure in feeling.

Failure is found in denying.

Your disbelief, dismissing, dissatisfaction. 

Your glossing over and sugar coating. 

Your silence. Your turning away. 

Weep and rejoice with one another. 

Weep and rejoice with yourself. 

Take a full bite of the very thing offered

Sink your teeth deep—

Bitter and sweet. 

One without the other is never the full picture. 

One without the other and you will never be full. 

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