The sadness keeps coming up. Perhaps it’s because here in the northern hemisphere we’re in the dark half of the year now, the more contemplative half, that old sorrows and regrets are surfacing; perhaps we see unfairness more now than we did when we were younger. We started out so fresh and committed, so pure in thought and expectation, but injustice happened. Life happened, and now grief is the result. The devil has infected our joy. We are no longer the passionate voices of spring singing the songs of justice for all and a world reborn. We are tired, storm-tossed, grief-stricken, and overwhelmed by the human heart’s capacity for depravity and just plain meanness. The human-led structures of the world are no longer good — if they ever were in the first place — and now we can see it whereas before we were blinded by idealism. So the lesson for today is simply this: acknowledge whatever grief and regret you feel for not meeting whatever goals you set for yourself when you were younger, and forgive the world for letting you down. Change will come from within after that, but first we all must face the consequences of joy thwarted and dreams diverted into inaction. But remember this: keep moving. Don’t set up shop in this “grief and regret” place. Acknowledge it, recognize it for what it is, learn from it if you can, and then move on with greater wisdom and understanding.