If you do, you take away my happiness.
If you take away east, you take away west. Down can’t exist without up. They are of equal importance and their existence is mutually dependent.
If you wipe away my anger and hurt, you steal my smile and you take my joy.
I struggle with many things. The struggle is never comfortable. But more and more I recognize that happiness is east and struggle is west. They are both directions and neither is more important.
Nowadays, when I encounter certain struggles in life I try to remember that they are completely necessary and without them I wouldn’t know a happy moment if it hit me in the face. Seek happiness, but remember your struggles are on the other side of that same gold coin. Treat them like brothers.
I asked myself, “could they experience that same joy if they never experienced hurt or sadness?”