you remember getting those email chains with lots of lovely words and advice about friends?
i use to adore them a lot, till i realise that its not all there is. i put them away after that and dismiss them the moment i see them. some just skim the surface of relationships and some, the meaning is kind of superficial.
"Life is not measured by the number of breaths you take, but by every moment that takes your breath away." has been circulating in emails for a long time and also made popular by the movie 'Hitch'.
at one look, the line is emphasizing on not wasting your life away. life is more than just breathing. take as much time as you can to enjoy your life and have it to the fullest. have a good time. spend time with your family and friends. do good to others. be filled with activities. etc...
so, sadness is bad? i'm not saying that we should be sad all our life, but more of saying that its an imbalanced view to only accept happiness as life worth recording. sadness is part of life as well, but is seen as something insignificant. a negative point of view of sadness and hurt brings about negative reactions when the time gets tough or down. it can be said that without the tough times, we wouldn't be where we are today. stronger and a firmer foundation. it tests our character.
seeing that shock and sadness also takes your breath away, it should be counted in as one of those 'moments' as well.