Is it worth the trouble?
Ralph Ammer

I love how Jack Gilbert writes — 
“We must risk delight. We can do without pleasure,
but not delight. 
Not enjoyment. 
We must have
the stubbornness to accept our gladness in the ruthless
furnace of this world.
This defines exactly what I want to strive to be — a person who holds onto “stubborn gladness,” even when we dwell in darkness. I want to be able to contain both of them within me at the same time, remain able to cultivate joy and wonder even at life’s bleakest.“To have the stubbornness to hold on to our gladness amidst the ruthless furnace of this world.”