Tears

Cricket and Movies- Most people of my country are passionate about either or both. In fact many of them are crazy about cricket and movies which are a very, very important part of their lives. The last few days have been very emotional and tearful for most fans of cricket. Sachin Tendulkar whom most fans  regard as God has retired from Indian Cricket. He is one of the Greats of the game of cricket. Everyone , including Sachin Tendulkar himself has been in tears.

While reading about all this I was reminded about a small boy who told me some years ago  that he did not want Roger Federer to win. I asked him  why and his answer surprised me, amused me and  also saddened me. Roger Federer cried so he was not a man enough to win. It is sad that  some boys grow up believing that only girls cry and if they cry they are behaving like girls.  I have always had and will have a soft corner for Federer because he is not ashamed of showing his emotions.

Tears are such a blessed relief; tears of joy, tears of sorrow, tears of anger, tears of frustration .Tears of joy and happiness make those emotions so much more intense  and the same tears  wash away  all the negative emotions and bring relief to the heart and the mind. When one is sad tears just come to the eyes and bring such a relief. I still remember the last few moments of my grandfather. His children and grandchildren were near him, we could see his life ebbing away and when he was no more, we all started crying though we knew that those were his last moments. Those tears were such a relief.

There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are the messengers of overwhelming grief, of deep contrition, and of unspeakable love.”
Washington Irving
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