Paradise: lost, gained, who knows?

October 29, 2009

The only true paradise is the one you’ve lost.

~ Marcel Proust

How many times have we failed to appreciate something fully, until it’s lost to us for good?

At that point, we’d give anything to go back. To make it right. To fully appreciate it.

To have the paradise we failed to recognize when we had it.

But perhaps the loss, itself, is what makes it paradise.

Perhaps we need the loss to see the paradise.

Or maybe it wasn’t paradise at all. Just loss.

Ah. The examined life is hell, isn’t it?

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


Follow Carol


Here you’ll find my blog, some of my essays, published writing, and my solo performances. There’s also a link to my Etsy shop for healing and grief tools offered through A Healing Spirit.


I love comments, so if something resonates with you in any way, don’t hesitate to leave a comment on my blog. Thank you for stopping by–oh, and why not subscribe so you don’t miss a single post?


Subscribe to my Blog

Receive notifications of my new blog posts directly to your email.