The Ten Things to Do When Your Life Falls Apart

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

He who sits in the house of grief will eventually sit in the garden.” — Hafiz

Hard times, more than any others, reveal to us the truth that the signature of our humanity is our emotional nature. What differentiates us from stones and butterflies is the degree to which what happens to us affects us on an emotional level. We don’t just experience things ― get a divorce, lose our house, watch our dog die from eating poison ― we have feelings about these events. It is the depth and nuance of our feelings ― of our joy, sorrow, anger, and fear ― that give texture to our humanity.