Wednesday, June 27, 2007

6. Shed tears, for your own sake

What is the first thing a child does after he is born? He cries. People waiting outside the delivery room eagerly wait for the new-born to cry. His cry brings smile to their lips.

In his early days, the baby uses cry as the principal tool of communication. When he feels hungry, he cries and the mother rushes to him. When he needs love and attention, he cries and the mother hugs him. When he feels physical pain, he cries and the mother attends to him. Cry fulfils his physical and emotional needs.

As the child grows, cry also becomes his response to intense happiness. If he is extremely happy, tears start flowing from his eyes just as they do when he is extremely sad. It is as difficult to bear extreme happiness as it is to bear intense sadness. Tears restore balance and normalcy to the body and mind.
Sometimes, we cry even when we feel neither happy nor sad. A mother may cry to force his son to marry a girl of her choice. A son may cry to get a share in the property of his father. Cry becomes an instrument of emotional blackmail.
Sometimes, one cries simply because the occasion demands it. When someone dies, his close relatives, who may have given him only tears all his life, feel compelled to shed a few tears themselves. Total absence of tears on such occasions almost amounts to disrespect to the departed soul. What is the use of dying if no one cries? In some parts of our country, professionals used to be hired to cry on someone's death. Their fake tears could bring genuine tears to some eyes.

God has given us eyes not only to see, but also to shed tears. A blind person can also cry, although he cannot see. It is an instrument which comes to our aid in so many different situations.

Don't be shy of crying. Whether you are sad or happy, keep crying. Cry when someone refuses to listen to you. Where your smile fails, your tears may succeed.

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