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The longing is the cure

There is something elevating in the experience of sad music. Some sort of grace in the artistic expression of melancholy, of goodbye, of change. There is beauty in the sadness that is born out of the passage of time, and it fuels a deep appreciation, and gratitude for the present moment.

Susan Cain, the author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking, and Bittersweet: How Sorrow and Longing Makes Us Whole describe this experience as the longing for the state of perfect completion - and the feeling you will never be able to attain it is what creates the intense beauty of these moments. It is our access to the state of love and to the deep meaning of the state of loss.

Don’t know about you, but it all sounds aptly autumnal to me. Just pick yourself a wistful tune, a melancholic poem, or a blue ballad, ease into it and remind yourself that the longing for what you lack is the very thing that gives you what you are longing for…and enjoy the meanwhile.

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