In our lifetime, we meet so many faces. Some of them became an important part of our lives, others we forget as time passes by. Today, I share the face of the person who is everything to me. She’s been my constant companion who walked with me through my darkest hour, who gave me comfort when I felt alone, who showed me how to be selfless and give love unconditionally.
Growing up, I was told of many legends in my town handed down from generation to generations. Some stories where about fate and romance. Of two people drawn to each other despite of living in opposite Worlds. I thought they were just stories made up by someone with great story telling abilities but I came to discover later that such legends do happen in real life. They may not be exactly the same but the similarities are undeniably close.
The Legend Of The Sea Pearls
One of such story is that of a beautiful maiden, daughter of an Island King who was so enchanting that noble men of the other Islands would travel the treacherous seas to see her and hopefully win her heart. Each one would give her the best treasure that their Island had to offer from precious stones, to gold , to even herds of cattle. The maiden at the end of the day felt sad. Her father looking troubled asked her, ” my precious daughter, why are you so sad?” She answered, ” nobody seems to see who I really am. Everyone only sees the superficial part of me. I’m afraid I have no one to give my heart to.”
Just when she was about to give up, an honest man of less nobility walked in. He was holding a rectangular object wrapped in a simple wrapper. The lad in all his humility handed his gift to the maiden. As he gave his offering he said softly, ” I may not have the riches in the World, but I promise to love you until my last breath, to cherish you , dream with you, seek life’s happiness with you, to share endless Sunsets till we are old and gray.”
The maiden was speechless. She opened her gift hurriedly. The present is a portrait painting of herself with a poem at the back. She asked him, ” who made this?” With his head bowed to the ground, he replied, ” I did.”
When she was finished reading the poem, she looked at the man who just spoken the kindest words she has ever heard. Who knew the deepest cry of her heart. She smiled at him sweetly and as she did so, tears of joy came down her eyes. Each of these tears, turned into shiny pearls that people of the past believed were the first origin of the deep sea pearls.
Finally, the maiden asked, ” how did you know the inner most longings and secrets of my soul?” The young man said, ” did you remember a boy you met by the beach so many years ago? The one you poured your thoughts, hopes and dreams? I was that boy. Right then, you had my heart which to this day only beats for you.”
Each of us wakes up each day inspired by the one “face” that make us believe that fairy tales do come true. She is that “face” for me.
Whose face inspires you to wake up each day with a bright hope in your heart? Whose face brings color to your World and let you feel that you can just do anything?
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