Pain is inevitable, but suffering is optional. Such a simple quote, yet with such a powerful essence. And so hard to incorporate into our lives. Happiness and unhappiness exist together. In fact, they are within each other. Khalil Gibran wrote "And is not the lute that soothes your spirit, the very wood that was hollowed with knives?". We can only appreciate joy if we have known true sorrow. No life is without either; there may be some dis-balance in the distribution of them no doubt. But we all have known joy and we all have known sorrow. I wanted to share a poem I recently heard on an Indian movie; one that just doesn't seem to leave my head. So I thought I'd share it here. Hopefully, if anyone out there is feeling low, it'll help them feel better.
Jab jab dard ka baadal chaya
Jab ghum ka saya lehraya
Jab aansoo palkon tak aya
Jab yeh tanha dil ghabraya
Humne dil ko yeh samjhaya
…Dil aakhir tu kyun rota hai
Duniya mein yunhi hota hai
Yeh jo gehre sannate hain
Waqt ne sabko hi baante hain
Thoda ghum hai sabka qissa
Thodi dhoop hai sabka hissa
Aankh teri bekaar hi nam hai
Har pal ek naya mausam hai
Kyun tu aise pal khota hai
Dil aakhir tu kyun rota hai
"Whenever the cloud of pain loomed
Whenever the darkness of anguish approached
Whenever a tear filled my eyes
Whenever this lonely heart was scared
I consoled my heart and said
'oh heart! Why do you cry thus. This is the way the world works"
These dark lonely times, time has distributed them to all.
Some sadness is a part of everyone’s story,
Some sunshine is a part of everyone’s life
Your eyes are damp for no reason
Every second is a new season
Why do you waste such precious moments
Oh heart, Why do you cry thus!"
Hope this piece serves its purpose. Have a beautiful day everyone!
Poet: Javed Akhtar