Symbols - Hidden Treasures

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Symbols - Hidden Treasures
Sajjad Hussain , Teacher, Pakistan

Life is all about symbols, we see symbols all around us, but we are so much occupied into our day to day affairs that we have lost our mental capabilities to see them and extract the hidden meanings behind these symbols. Everything around us has a story to tell, if and only if, we are willing to listen to them.


It is said that you have to keep your eyes and ears open all the time to observe and listen, but we normally see instead of observing and hear instead of listening. In order to understand the meaning and difference of observing/seeing and hearing/listening, I have quoted the Oxford dictionary meanings of the 4 words:
Observe: watch (someone or something) carefully and attentively
See: perceive with the eyes; discern visually
Listen: make an effort to hear something; be alert and ready to hear something
Hear: perceive with the ear the sound made by (someone or something)
From the above, it is obvious that we have to put in less effort in seeing and hearing; whereas observing and listening, involves a concerted effort to understand through deep thinking. And once we pay our all out efforts into deep thinking then we can see something which is otherwise invisible and we are able to hear something on which we never paid attention before.
Life is all about symbols, we see symbols all around us, but we are so much occupied into our day to day affairs that we have lost our mental capabilities to see them and extract the hidden meanings behind these symbols. Everything around us has a story to tell, if and only if, we are willing to listen to them.
While standing in the sunlight outside, if I look inside a shop not properly lit, I am unable to see anything inside. Similarly, at night when I am standing out in the dark and there is light inside the shop, as the bulbs are glowing, I see everything loud and clear. I understand that this is a scientifically proven fact that we are able to see only those things, on which, light is thrown.
Considering this phenomenon as a symbol, I tried to figure out the hidden message behind it in a different way. I consider light as knowledge and knowledge inculcates in you an urge to think positively and the darkness is ignorance and ignorance leaves you wandering in the jungle of darkness and it’s all about negativity. The beauty of this concept is that when you are positive in your thoughts you will either not be looking at the negativity or you would be avoiding it. Whereas when you are in the darkness or ignorance per se, you are able to see the positivity, if you want to.
Nature, I suppose wants us to be positive that’s why even when we are in darkness we are able to see the light but when we are in light, we have difficulty seeing into the dark. Similarly we are depressed, when we have negative thoughts and feelings but during our good times, we seldom care about the dark patches of our life, we have been through. That’s why it is said that ‘tough times don’t last long’, so stay positive, stay fresh and everything would look great.
It’s all about how you see things or to be more precise; observe them, and it will decide how your life is going to be.

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