Joy and Sorrow Chapter VIII
Then a woman said, ‘Speak to us of Joy and Sorrow.’
And he answered: “Your joy is your sorrow unmasked.”
And the selfsame well from which your laughter rises was oftentimes filled with your tears.
And how else can it be?
The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain.
Is not the cup that hold your wine the very cup that was burned in the potter’s oven?
And is not the lute that soothes your spirit, the very wood that was hollowed with knives?
When you are joyous, look deep into your heart and you shall find it is only that which has given you sorrow that is giving you joy.
When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.
Some of you say, ‘Joy is greater than sorrow,’ and others say, ‘Nay, sorrow is the greater.’
But I say unto you, they are inseparable.
Together they come, and when one sits alone with you at your board, remember that the other is asleep upon your bed.
Verily you are suspended like scales between your sorrow and your joy.
Only when you are empty are you at standstill and balanced.
When the treasure-keeper lifts you to weigh his gold and his silver, needs must your joy or your sorrow rise or fall.
It’s the been the nature of human being to experience these both joy and sorrow, particularly there will be joy welcoming a new baby born, the marriage occasion, success in career or study whilst regretting for the failure, sorrow in losing family members and so on . Yup, all ups and downs keep goin thru the life from growing up, being matured, getting married, being sick, die.. But I do believe those mingle of sorrow and happiness has a deep impact on developing an unique individual into the long run.
Last week I heard these both joy and sorrow from my friends.
It was when I received an email from friend of mine, we used to work together under the organization in university. She sent me an email that one of our friend, Deny is dying due to the illness.
Flashing back couple months ago in the very first email that he was diagnosed for :thalasemia. Friends’re collecting money to aid the medical treatment fees. After the surgery, I was thinking he’s getting better, but the last week email indicated that another disease was diagnosed, he’s reached the 4th stadium of the lever, and as for the thalasemia has been minority. Now he needs about 50 mios Rupiah / mo or abt 5,500 USD or abt 550,000Yen.
Well.. beside the money he and his family need for the treatment fee, he for sure need the support from his friends and surrounding. Coz he felt like no hope to live longer..
So I thought of sending him card to cheer him up, yesterday I bought a card, requesting some of my International friends to write him some messages, I managed to have the postcard with the languages : Japanese, Urdu, Russian, English, Chinese.
Deny, faito! You’re precious to your friends and family!
Actually today supposed to be the Tanabata Festivalday in Japan, but since it’s on Monday, most of people celebrated it on Saturday or Sunday. The angklung group I’m joining with, performed in the Tanabata Festival in Bunkyo-ku. There’s a custom writing wishes and hang the wish paper in the trees. The same thing when I attended the planetarium lectures in the dormitory, it’s a gorgeous lecture and beautiful planetarium it presents. But this event, also include the tanabata custom. So I did write wishes again. Well, my wishes are quite the same related to the success of my study& research, and the peace of the world.
But one of my friend who’s broadcaster in NHK, saying that there’s a bomb incident in Pakistan that killed 15 people. Deep condolence. 😦
And the last one, on Saturday, July 5 was the marriage party of my very best friend in high school. We’re taking our own path after graduation. I went to Jakarta for study, she went to Germany for the higher education. She then found her half part there, Medan Indonesian guy as well, and they celebrated the party in Bali.
Sorry for the cancellation of my attendance, due to the lectures and also the summer seminar by my sponsorship.
Congratulation to you my very best girl friend, Yus and Budi!
Wish both of you the happiness of couple’s life : growing old together, supporting each other in both joy and sorrow.