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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By Lakshmi Bhat

I am a person who believes there is not enough darkness in the world to extinguish the light of a small candle. We live in a small place in South India. I love reading, blogging, stitching, traveling, photography, listening to people and many other things which make life so very nice and interesting. Blogging is a fun experience, it has brought me into contact with people in different parts of the world and it is good to read about their everyday life. In spite of the differences there is a sameness which is fascinating. I have learnt and am learning something everyday. I have learnt to write haikus. I enjoy combining the thought and the number of syllables. I have always read books and I was happy to write short fiction. I had thought I would not be able to do so. Stream of Consciousness and photo challenges are fun too. Yes, there is so much in life that is sad and that hurts us. Many a time I wonder why life is so unfair to so many. We all have problems in life but the problems of many seems unbearable. This makes me feel so helpless. It is not possible to help everyone but we can do our bit, we can do something to help some in whatever way we can. I used to go to the Home for the Mentally challenged in our campus twice a week. I have been going there since 2011. The members are an important part of my life. Covid-19 has made it difficult for me to go there regularly. Hopefully I will be able to go there again. There have been many challenges in life and we have faced them with a positive approach. Our grandson and granddaughter have made life so much more richer.