Overcoming Sadness in Beauty

 Lisa (@jadedme) 8 years, 4 months ago

Over the past few months or so, I’ve realized one thing: That I feel immense sadness when I see something beautiful, all too frequently. Two instances that occurred recently for example, were when I was watching a sunset, and then again when someone with a great talent was playing the guitar.

Normally, I’d figure that this was just depression, maybe I was tired, maybe I didn’t eat so well that day, maybe I hadn’t been exercising enough, blah blah blah.

Then I decided to take a Google! Well, lo and behold, did I find my answer? Perhaps. And apparently this is a common feeling… There were multiple suggestions that perhaps the reason you find sadness in beauty, is simply because you long for that thing. Whether to do it, or to become it. And the sadness you feel is due to an unfulfilled desire. Such a strong desire that you feel utterly depressed and horrible.

I feel like that hit me right where I NEEDED it to hit. So this past week, I picked up my guitar, and started really practicing. And you know what? I’m only 3 days in, but I can honestly say that I don’t see sadness in that beautiful talent. In fact, I’m more apt to ask for a quick lesson or two now. Lets hope this lasts…

The life lesson I want to take away from this though is this:
When feeling depressed, perhaps you just need to take a mindful step back, and reflect on your life. Is something missing that is making you so sad?

I will admit that during certain times of depression, that there are periods where you can legitimately admit that there is absolutely nothing that will make you happy. Not money, not a hug, not sleep, not food. But, maybe those are simply moments you have to look longer.

~ Mindfulness, Peacefulness, Happiness ~

May 30, 2013 at 9:30 am
Subwoofer Stevens (246) (@jakehay) 8 years, 4 months ago ago

@jadedme, What a lovely and insightful post.

I’ve been there Lisa. You painted an accurate portrait.

;)

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Jimmy (9) (@VastOneAlive) 8 years, 4 months ago ago

@jadedme, One of my favorite musicians touches on this very well. He explains why sad music is beautiful to him, and why happy music makes him depressed –

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Anonymous (2,654) (@) 8 years, 4 months ago ago

Isn’t that joyful crying? Crying at someone’s awful guitar performance… must be hard.

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Anonymous (119) (@) 8 years, 4 months ago ago

@jakehay, You sir are definitely a white knight.

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Introvert (1) (@Nina-Yardley) 8 years, 4 months ago ago

Thank you Lisa for expressing it so well. We’ve all been there at one time or another. Sadness can be triggered by so many things and situations in life and I think it takes a special person to experience sadness in beauty. One thing I try to do when sadness hits me right there in my heart, I look for an opportunity to perform a random act of kindness to another soul.

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Subwoofer Stevens (246) (@jakehay) 8 years, 4 months ago ago

@aestheticbrah, You sir, are definitely 2 days too late.

Let go.

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Anonymous (119) (@) 8 years, 4 months ago ago

@jakehay, Simply observing. I hold nothing in the first place.

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