Grief…is worthless, but you can make it worthy……..

Wanderer, there is no road, the road is made by walking…….


Grief” is a powerful mental condition that should be converted and healed into other forms. The Life of ‘Antonio Machado” (Spanish Poet), is a good example for this. Machado was a school teacher, and he married a young, beautiful girl. And he loved her very much. And she died. And then he became a great poet.

Machado would have traded every word, every poem, every verse he ever wrote…for one more hour with his beloved. And that is because when it comes to grief, the normal rules of exchange do not apply, because grief transcends value.

“A man would give entire nations to lift grief off his heart, and yet, you cannot buy anything with grief. Because grief…is worthless.”

Machado showed his love in his every poem and he became a lovely poet.

“Caminante, son tus huellas
el camino y nada más;
Caminante, no hay camino,
se hace camino al andar.
Al andar se hace el camino,
y al volver la vista atrás
se ve la senda que nunca
se ha de volver a pisar.
Caminante no hay camino
sino estelas en la mar”

(Wanderer, you are your foot prints, the road and nothing more. Wanderer, There is no road, the road is made by walking….Wanderer, the walk becomes the road and look back again, it is the path that never has to step on. Wanderer, there is no road, but you wakes in the sea…..)

There is an important scene in the movie “The Counselor”, in which it has explained briefly…..

“Grief” is a result of our actions…and actions create consequences which produce new worlds, and they’re all different. Where the bodies are buried in the desert, that is a certain world. Where the bodies are simply left to be found, that is another. And all these worlds, here to fore unknown to us and at some point, you have to acknowledge the reality of the world that you’re in. There is not some other world.

 “The world in which you seek to undo the mistakes that you made is different from the world where the mistakes were made. You are now at the crossing, and you want to choose, but there is no choosing there. There’s only accepting. The choosing was done a long time ago.”

At the understanding that life is not going to take you back. You are the world you have created, and when you cease to exist, this world that you have created will also cease to exist. But for those with the understanding that they’re living the last days of the world, death acquires…a different meaning. The extinction of all reality is a concept and no resignation can encompass. And yet…in that despair, which is transcendent, you will find…the ancient understanding that the philosopher’s stone will always be found, despised, and buried in the mud. This may seem a small thing in the face of annihilation, until annihilation occurs, and then…all the grand designs and all the grand plans will be finally exposed and revealed for what they are.

Antonio Machado
Antonio Machado

Dying is easy….because people choose to die when they continue to deny the reality of the world that they are in….

Learn the art of acceptance….because there is no choice…….many times.