“Sometimes the heart sees, what is invisible to the eyes” – Jackson Brown
It was again a dull day, similar to the old days when she heard her parents yelling & screaming. She saw her friends making mockery out of her, neighbours pointing and laughing all around. She just couldn’t hold on to the ugly forces running within. Did “Love” had no space in the hearts of these people? Highly confused & tortured, she ran out of her home.
She ran & ran until stumbling upon a rock, a huge rock besides a lovely stream passing by. So calm and serene. She wondered, how could it happen, why it didn’t have the force, why it didn’t thundered? Soon, she saw the pebbles getting washed away with the force of the stream post hitting the rocks. She continuously saw how they got washed away & returned back to the river bank, getting smaller with every force but becoming more smoother & more prettier in this cruel world !
The metaphor of Life and Pebbles!
Why didn’t they shout on the stream, why didn’t they hold on to the sand? Why did they allow themselves to fall prey to the forces nature? She felt as if sky had fallen, earth beneath her had drifted miles apart. Crying, she wailed in pain & finally sat besides the rock. Just to observe that with every wash that pebble became all the more so beautiful. It had a brilliant shine & colours came across with every wash. Her wailing converted to a beautiful lovely smile to see so many multicoloured shiny pebbles.
Stones shine with harsh Love : Is it how we get love in life?
That’s the force of nature & that’s the beauty showered upon by God. Everyone on this planet has been bestowed with a special gift & that’s what we need to explore from within. With every smash, every dismissal, we need to challenge our soul, we need to sparkle with every ray of sun touching us. Thinking, she gleamed with joy!
But that was not the moment of returning back to that house. That was a moment to be poised, to be self assured & self dependent. She playfully swore the shiny pebbles in her hand assuring them to follow their path & return once she sparkled in front of this world. With Love in her heart, Hope in her eyes & a charismatic aura she had made her way. These pebbles & the stream were muse for her, just similar to the personified women who actually inspired her!
Exploring the Interests and finding new Love!
Exploration became her “Mantra” of life. Finding love in the eyes of an old couple, she moved on the other side of the stream to find passion, to understand what all life is about. Not just wailing but dealing with the hardships, finding your true love. She quit studies & found a new love in painting, sketching the nature, human emotions. She loved the old couple & sketched the way their togetherness rose time & bound. Her life was becoming more Red & Green. It gave her more meaning to connect with the “Love” in life. Soon, her every painting used to find its place beneath her bed, one above another, all showing different forms & emotions of love.
She loved helping her “so-called Parents” in the farm, a beautiful natural place she loved to be at. Weeks at farm with the couple she couldn’t stop clapping to see the tiny sapling grow into a little tree in the fresh air & a few weeks later to see the mangoes on it. How rich that tree was, it gave so much of sweetness to this world. She used to sit besides the tree & paint on her emotions & thoughts for months. Her optimism became more rock strong.
Interests need only love to be nurtured!
Gradually, she moved to the town to take professional painting classes. She taught drawing & painting to many such drop outs & as time passed by, her paintings found a new home. From beneath her bed to huge walls of the Art galleries!
Yes, that was the 1st day when her art was getting showcased in the city of Delhi in an exhibition.
This was a day when she shouted and cried again. But the tears were merrier now. She was stunned to see people applauding her work, yes her art was being loved and honoured. They spoke of the constructive thoughts getting showered from her art.
Her motive had become successful. She had kept her promise to the shiny pebbles. Yes that was the day she shone herself & proved to the world that no matter she was a child with mental disability, she grew & rose to be a women with a strong head. What all she wanted in that course was just “Love and faith”. She quit her family only to love children similar to her giving hopes to their lives. She bid a good bye to her parents only to find compassion of life in the old couple!
Well that was not the end, rather it was a day when she went back only to find a dry stream but with the pebbles still lying beside it. She rushed to the house on the other side of the stream, to her house she had left years ago. Hugging her parents & friends, she wished them all happiness of the life!
She didn’t stay back but returned to the ones who were exhilarated to see her shining. She returned to the old couple, who were distributing the mangoes from the same tree to the village. Their happiness knew no words to see her ecstasy by making all her dreams come true. They were the ones, who had actually made an impact in her life by acknowledging her with the word “LOVE”!
To her the old couple were a synonym of Hope, love, trust, who made her rise above the hindrances of life & nurtured her thoughts through the corridors of life. It was certainly their unconditional support that turned around her life into a peppy note, the one which she rejoiced for her soul & for others as well.
From that day till today, her journey continues, to bring smiles to the unwanted lives. She ensures that the talent hidden inside every child gets explored. With every conversion, she digs out a pebble holding firmly for being besides her.
Have faith in yourself, find your ways & give wings to your dreams. Let them not just hide underneath the pillows!
Love is what we want! A shoulder full of pure love is what we want to rest upon! Happy Valentine’s Day to this beautiful world, who has so many people I love from the core of my heart!