Yesterday was the saddest day of the Jewish calendar, Tisha B'Av. On this day we commemorate the destruction of the Temple some 1,942 years ago as well as many other tragedies that have befallen the Jewish people over centuries. We sat on low stools yesterday, we didn't wear leather shoes, and even refrained from eating.
Thursday, of this week also hosts an important day on the Jewish calendar, the 15th of the month of Av. Also know as Tu B'Av, is the single most happy day and holiest day of the Jewish year (yes even holier than Yom Kippor)
The simple way that the calendar works teaches us a valuable lesson. We may experience bumps in the road, hardship, and even tragedy, but sadness and tragedy is only a temporary state. Sometimes, a prolonged temporary state, but temporary none the less. As chasidic philosophy teaches, that which goes down must come UP. Think for yourself, what hardship, what painful experiences resulted in something positive or in growth BECAUSE of that hardship.
Yes this concept violates Isaac Newton's Law of Gravity, but it gives us tremendous perspective on our own lives.
I'd love to hear your what goes down must come up story in the comment thread.