.bitter-sweet.

Why do we not embrace the bitter

as with the sweet?

The sadness

as with the joy?

For, just as it is with colour, the opposite

intensifies the truth of the other.

 

.hartland.

Contradiction #8

Other people are not a source of peace or happiness;

but something deeper –

an experience of ourselves.

Yet, without other people,

we may not experience peace or happiness.

~ Kelly Hartland

Contradiction #4

To attain happiness,

we must first risk becoming miserable.

~ Kelly Hartland

Contradiction #1

The more interesting our inner life –

the less interesting our semblance.

~ Kelly Hartland

Accommodating

Kindness must first be at home

within, and for, ourselves

before it can be offered to another.

~ Kelly Hartland

Eluded pursuit

An eluded emotion will pursue –

a pursued emotion will elude.

~ Kelly Hartland

Clay

The hard knocks in life

can give us our strongest

and most striking features.

~ Kelly Hartland