Have you ever wished anybody the worst? We all do that at times, right? An impossible boss, an infuriating relative or just someone who always hurts your feelings… Somebody should hurt them or that they should have a fall or an accident even! We can’t help having such thoughts and at times even desperately hoping that they come true. Some people just have that effect on you. But what if such wishes really came true? What if something really happened to that person because you wished it to?? I do not think I would be able to live with the guilt! The other day, I had visited a hospital and was waiting outside in the parking area. Just then, the hospital doors swung open and a couple of people stepped out. There was a young woman barely conscious, crying silently. A young man grimly supported her towards a waiting car. There was an old lady wailing, tottering in a daze, with a handkerchief covering her streaming eyes. They had just seen death! The aura was so powerful that I couldn’t help the sudden tears that came to my eyes. At that moment, I prayed to God to never accept any of my wishes which asked for something bad to happen to someone. However, much they deserve it. Its one thing to imagine but the reality… the reality is something else entirely. I would not want anything like that on my head, ever! So, I decided if there are people for whom I cannot wish well that is fine, they do not deserve to be in my prayers. But I will also not wish harm to them. They are just not worth any space in my head. What do you think?
Okay, I know this title makes it sound as if I am going to launch into a tedious, goody-goody sermon but don’t worry, I won’t. But I can’t help puzzling about this topic at times. The other day, I ordered a couple of pastries to give to our household help. I gave them to her with a smile. She nodded, took the box and smiled back. End of story, right? But I saw her when she left our house. She was holding the box very carefully so as not to upset the pastries inside. I imagined her going home and handing over the box to her kids. I could almost see the grin the little boy gave to his mother as he took a huge bit. I could see our maid smiling as she ate the last tiny piece of cake. And I felt joy! Now, I feel happy when I dig into the moist, chocolaty Death by Chocolate pastry at my favorite patisserie. But that happiness pales before this one. This joy is more overwhelming and somehow it lasts much longer. It’s as if God has deliberately fashioned us this way just so as to ensure that we do our bit to help those less fortunate than us. What do you think?
A good quote is a failsafe mood changer for me. Quotes are like concentrated bits of magic; you read one and the next moment you are a different person. I simply can’t resist reading a quote, even if it is printed on somebody’s T-shirt. And I can tell you, I have got many funny looks from people for staring at them all intense and grim, like a stalker! I look up to find them fuming and stare back vacantly, my mind already absorbed in what I have just read. Good lines do that to you, don’t they?
Like this famous line from the poem The Old Astronomer to His Pupil…
“Though my soul may set in darkness,
It will rise in perfect light;
I have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night”.
Tell me, can you read these lines and not feel anything?
How about Maya Angelou’s,
“You can shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I’ll rise…”
Electrifying, isn’t it?
One of my very favourite quotes is Oscar Wilde’s “some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go.” It’s downright funny but so very true, isn’t it?
Another favourite is Yeats,
“I have spread my dreams under your feet;
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.”
Haven’t we all felt this way some time or the other? And bear this in mind when you read my blog, gentle reader! 😉
Writers and poets are wonderful people. They are a supposedly extinct breed, for they are magicians. They put into words what we feel most intensely but what we ourselves can’t put into words. That is why you feel moved when you read their words… because deep down you can identify with the thoughts and feelings which they have so deftly woven into words. Let me conclude with a quote which is very close to my heart. It’s from Neil Gaiman’s Coraline:
“Fairy tales are more than true,
Not because they tell us that dragons exist,
But because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.”