Bob Fitzgerald of the Ignatius Retreat House in Atlanta has a phrase that continues to stick with me. There were two words he used that have replayed in my head over and over again this week…”Treasured Sorrow”.
Bob’s definition of a “Treasured Sorrow” is a life experience where there was both grief and joy. It is a life situation where we experience pain, challenges, hurt, and grief. At the same time, we come out of the experience in way that we treasure the experience we have been through because of what we have learned and who we have become. While the experience itself may have been hard to live through, and perhaps we are still living with it, we know that the growth we experienced, the reliance on God we now have, and the new awareness we have about ourselves and life may have taken years if not for the experience.
What in your life would you consider to be “Treasured Sorrow”?