16.3.11

sorrow









A sweet friend just asked me if I was feeling sad, because my post lately seemed sad. And I was thinking about how different sadness is when it's empathy, or compassion, as opposed to self pity.

I'm the same person I was when I was younger, but perhaps one of the changes as I've experienced more of life is I no longer feel I have to be happy all the time. Sometimes I want to wear bright colours, sometimes I embrace the nuances of grey, and the softness of fur, when I need.. comfort. I'm not personally unhappy right now: I'm just feeling the sorrow in the world. But then, I get a message that a friend's sister is about to give birth and she's flying to be there.. this is life. There is sorrow, and there is joy. And this isn't remotely the post I meant to do today - I meant so show you really bright colours - but my fingers clicked on these, so there you are. (And yes, that's Roz. And Imogen. And I don't remember who the lovely girl on the top is, but if you know, please let me know too! Thank you.)

12 comments:

ql said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
Shopgirl said...

Your posts always demonstrate a huge empathy with those around you - near and far. In this world and at this time, that is a rare and beautiful gift. I do love your street style shots but absolutely adore that final shot of the palm trees and foreboding sky. I think many of my favourite photos on this blog are the landscape/nature ones - like that robin from a few months ago at Christmas (he made me smile when I really didn't feel like smiling) and the cherry clossom the other day :)

SabinePsynopsis said...

Ah Jill, there is so much sorrow and worries in the world... Personally I think as I get older I don't feel I have to be sad all the time (but then, I'm German, we are a melancholic, philosophic, always questioning people...) You might have wanted to say something else, but your pictures somehow fit perfectly to your words. xoxo

Soccer Mom Style said...

Beautiful post again, dear Jill. I know we talked about this before, but once again I feel as if we are somehow related :)
Are you sure your grandmother was Russian and not Georgia????? ;)
big hugs coming your way,
maya

daisychain said...

This post Jill,
it's so real and true...and spookily exactly echoes the realisation I have reached myself.

<3 much love to you beautiful lady x

adrielleroyale said...

It really is true how the sorrow and joy seem to equalize over and over. And how tragedy as terrible and awful as it is so often brings the best out of people. There is always evil and there is always good. It just depends on where you happen to be sitting in that particular moment. May the people in China find hope and goodness in the midst of such trial.

Looking Fab in your forties said...

There is a feeling of sadness in the world right now, it just feels like one thing after the other, we just have to thank god, we are not wrapped up in it but pray for those that are.

styleeast said...

Oh, Jill, how lovely of you to mention my sister! I hope you've got my email that baby has now been born. It is a joyful moment, and we all need those from time to time. Much love xx

polka dot said...

I did! (to Jennifer re: your sister). I didn't want to mention you by name only because I felt a little superstitious - but I am so happy!

Looking Fab: EXACTLY.

Each of you.. thank you. This is just how I feel.

Ana Leitora, Ana Reader, Ana Lecteur said...

Dear Jill your post make me remember a little text a like...
"Every day of our lives we should listen to a good music, read a little bit of poetry and contemplate a beautiful painting, so that the worries of our days wouldn´t make us forget the sense of the beauty that God put in the human soul".
(Goethe)
hugs
xxx Ana Madrid

Adorngirl said...

Beautfiful post as usual as you have this way of telling a whole story in a matter of sentences. the older I get I don't feel the need to feel happy all the time, as sometimes you just want to be sad, its good to get it out coz once its done its done, and then tomorrows post can be those bright colours

because unfortuntaltely the world in general is such a state, and if we thought about all the bad things in the world, heck even down the street no one could get out of bed for sorrow.

so Jil as my mum always says, feel, but get on with what makes you happy because you don't know where you'll be tomorrow. xx

EIGHT LONDON said...

Jill, I am sorry to hear that you are unhappy. But I want you to know that even in your unhappiness, you put such joy in us readers who come to your blog.