"Depression is a different entity altogether. It is a serious mental health problem, and fortunately not as commonplace as sadness. Depression, sometimes called melancholia, is referred to in lay terms as a "nervous breakdown." Depressed people are not actually broken, but they are bending downward. And if sadness is like walking through a muddy swamp, depression is like flailing helplessly in quicksand. When it overtakes us, we feel powerless, lost, with no options."
"Sadness is like a drug. It takes you away from reality and makes you see it in a whole new way".
"My sadness is like my brother's hair. It grows past my shoulders. Sometimes a strange woman with a nose ring who smells like sandalwood will want to touch me for it. Now and then, as my brother does with his hair, I pull it back or hide under a hood or big hat. I cut it off myself. But it grows and grows. People have gotten to know me from blocks away by the way it grows. "
"Happiness is always shallow; sadness, always deep. Happiness is like a wave, sadness is like the innermost depth of an ocean. In sadness you remain with yourself, left alone. In happiness you start moving with people, you start sharing In sadness you close your eyes; you delve deep within yourself. Sadness has a song - a very deep phenomenon is sadness. Accept it. Enjoy it. Taste it without any rejection, and you will see that it brings many gifts to you which no happiness can ever bring. "
"Sadness is like happiness. We have to embrace it when it's there. If we don't, we won't learn how to turn things around and learn from them. Just as rainbows always follow rain, sadness is always replaced by happiness."
"Thank you," smiles Sadness. "Thank you for your company." With Sadness there is an echo, humming low.Sadness is like a broken television or a plastic bag whipping in the wind. Or a refrigerator with only leftovers inside. Listen. Hear that rocking sound? Look into your Sadness.Listen longer. Say "I see and hear you, Sadness."
"The sadness is like a giant wave holding me down at the bottom of the ocean. "
"In fact, sadness is like the shell that surrounds the seed; it is protective, it is not the enemy. Once the seed has dropped its protection, is surrendered into the soil, the shell has died, only then the sprout is born."
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