I recently came across this poem and thought that this is a beautiful reminder for anybody who feels the stifling challenge of life. We don’t always feel super great (all superlatives), but the best thing about life, even if it’s so hard to believe sometimes, is that we never are better until we’ve gone through worse. The ‘light at the end of the tunnel’ may be a cliché thing to say, but it still is true.
This probably is the best translation I found of the poem. Enjoy and be hopeful! Thinking of putting this on the wall of my room one way or another.
No flower blooms without shaking
Every single beautiful flower in the world
Bursts forth after quaking
Shaking flowers set their stems upright
Likewise, no lover goes without shaking
No flower blooms without getting wet
Every flower that shines
Bursts forth after being soaked
Petals bloom warmed by the wind and rain
Likewise, no life goes without getting wet.
Flowers that Bloom When Shaken – Do Jong-hwan
“…Weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.”
– Psalm 30:5