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Sunday, August 18, 2013

Tale of a Gold-filled Broken Bowl

I read the blog post by one of my dear friend Shine titled 'Gold Filled Broken Trust'
Most of her posts compel me to contemplate on the subjects related to life and philosophy and this one was no exception. There she talked about broken trust that can be re-established and made more beautiful with reference to the following quotation she read online.
Being an optimist she tried to mend the trust that was broken for years by somebody, she talked about failing in the same.After reading her post, I thought some of us might be going through the same phase i.e. being hopeful and putting efforts to mend something that has been broken. Though probability of setting things right is more when the person who was at mistake realises his fault and put forth his efforts to fix things.

I thought about aforesaid quotation with a different view than Shine's, and hence thought of sharing it here.

We are humans and we percieve the thoughts of wise the way we want to, befitting our situations. There can be infinite ways to look at things or one universal way to understand them and implement them in our lives. 

Let the object or the bowl above be a person. We all face some or the other difficulties in life. We have heard about the famous phrase by Herbert Spencer, 'Survival of the fittest.'  Hence when a shattered person manages to stand again, s/he becomes fitter and fittest with each difficulty s/he faces. The experience gained in the process makes the person much stronger, wiser and less vulnerable. Such experiences have their own welfares to the world than to that person. S/he can rescue, empathise, be non-judgemental with that part of the world that is going through the same hardships which s/he went through.

The trust Shine talked about can be that soup in the bowl that filled it prior to the cracks. Once soup is spilled no one can fill it with the same one, we need to fill it with a new one.
The broken bowl still has cracks in it. Filling it with gold is a reminder to us not to under-estimate its value by its cracks, there is a history associated with it. A tale about its struggles and wise beauty. Japanese must have thought something beautiful like that. Quotes from wise mean something to keep for the long run. Isn't it?

Post Script: If someone has broken your trust more than once, try to be sensative to yourself and find people who really care. No one deserves a life full of uncertainities and errors. Love yourself!
Image Courtesy: Google


  1. Thank you Shesha for further contemplation on the topic. Yours is more of a realistic view, mine was more of a devil's advocate - keep trying till you get clarity, no matter the other person close the door on your face. It might appear to be foolish, but you do not regret giving it a last shot.

    1. I am relieved and glad Shine that you liked the post. Thank you for appreciating!
      Yes... One should take chances but till the time one does not take the closed door with hurt, insult and regret.

  2. though i don't agree with the second image & it's message in this post (the eraser one),
    the muse of this post reminds me of Gulzaar Saab's some lines..

    मुझको भी तरकीब सिखा यार जुलाहे

    अकसर तुझको देखा है कि ताना बुनते
    जब कोइ तागा टुट गया या खत्म हुआ
    फिर से बांध के
    और सिरा कोई जोड़ के उसमे
    आगे बुनने लगते हो
    तेरे इस ताने में लेकिन
    इक भी गांठ गिराह बुन्तर की
    देख नहीं सकता कोई

    1. Thankyou Pratibh for sharing beautiful lines. Its really wonderful when you come up with such things here!

      P.s. There can be exceptions (on eraser image) but if you will break someone's trust again and again, the probability of that person trusting you like before diminishes!


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