Monday, February 28, 2011

Trauma & Joy

Last night my roommate and I were chillin' in our living room having some conversation over cold beers. This is of course where the deepest of philosophies are developed. Here is a thought I had in our conversation:
How come the experiences that seem to affect us the most into our adulthood are the traumatic ones? I cannot even count anymore the number of times I've talked with people about how some crazy aspect of their past has ruined them throughout the course of their life and they are just trying to pick up the pieces. On the flip side, I have never heard someone say how a joyful experience has impacted their life so much that they have been living in light of that ever since.
Why is it that difficult, often traumatic events in our lives tend to leave wounds that no amount of joyous experiences could ever seem to heal? And why is that no matter how many joyous experiences we have all it takes is one to destroy us?

Chime in. I'd love to hear what you think.

By His Grace.

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous11:13 AM

    Good question. I like Henri de Montherlant's quote: "Happiness writes white."