The Cycle

The beautiful snow covered trees out her window soothed her soul. They taught her how to hide behind a veil. Like those trees, she put on a smile on her face to conceal the deep anguish of her heart. No mask could change the reality of life though. With time, the truth resurfaced –  just as the snow melted revealing the bareness of the trees, so did her smile, fading slowly but steadily with every disappointment and failure that life threw her way.

Right when she was ready to give up on seeking contentment and peace, she saw tiny green leaves sprouting on those naked trees outside her window. The very branches that kept her company during the desolate period of her life now symbolized hope to her. And she smiled again, a hopeful one this time around. Life is but a cycle of joy and grief and it won’t be long before happiness came her way, she realized.

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  1. #1 by Tanishka on January 13, 2011 - 1:45 pm

    First… 🙂

    🙂

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  2. #2 by bitsofchocolate on January 13, 2011 - 1:50 pm

    Hope springs eternal …..

    🙂

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  3. #3 by Tanishka on January 13, 2011 - 1:50 pm

    Beautiful story of sadness, pain, hope, happiness and smiling…. 🙂
    Good to see you back T… 🙂

    good to be back (i hope!)…thanks

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  4. #4 by comfortablynam on January 13, 2011 - 2:01 pm

    Beautiful!!

    And so very very true. 🙂

    🙂

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  5. #5 by anisnest on January 13, 2011 - 2:32 pm

    wow… very nice T… I remember this incident while reading this… the other day when I was complaining about snow Adi said “Mommy listen I hear the birds chirping spring is almost here…”

    almost spring, sure 😀

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  6. #6 by Rajlakshmi on January 13, 2011 - 3:02 pm

    loved the post… the slow transformation … beautiful analogy …
    life indeed is like that…

    🙂

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  7. #7 by AlwaysHappyKya on January 13, 2011 - 3:14 pm

    “Life is but a cycle of joy and grief..” – nicely put.

    May the hope and the smile remain, no matter what life has to offer 🙂

    beautiful wish, that one 🙂

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  8. #8 by snippetsnscribbles on January 13, 2011 - 3:18 pm

    Beautiful 🙂

    Welcome, SnS!

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  9. #9 by viswajithkn on January 13, 2011 - 4:08 pm

    not surprised!

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    • #10 by Vishwa on January 14, 2011 - 2:00 am

      there are phases when you blog every other day and when you dont post for months together. you posted one yesterday. so this one immediately after is not surprising, neither is the fact that the article/post as such is beautiful.

      thanks a lot, Vishwa!

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  10. #11 by bini on January 13, 2011 - 4:31 pm

    Just came here to say that I miss your Haiku’s(?:) and you give us another masterpiece!

    I miss my Haikus too…for some reason, i can’t write those anymore…i’ll keep trying, maybe someday it’ll happen 😀 thanks!

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  11. #12 by celestialrays on January 13, 2011 - 4:53 pm

    🙂 so wonderfully written!

    🙂

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  12. #13 by Ravi on January 13, 2011 - 4:56 pm

    awesome 🙂

    thank you!

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  13. #14 by rayshma on January 13, 2011 - 6:38 pm

    how very true!
    and… since I’m here after rather long… here’s wishing you a fantastic 2011! 🙂

    thank you, wish you the same, rayshma!

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  14. #15 by Nids on January 13, 2011 - 7:11 pm

    Loved it..the small story had everything in it..Keep writing. i missed you..

    thanks 😀

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  15. #16 by Vineeta on January 13, 2011 - 10:19 pm

    Wow! U wrote it?? Beautifully written!!

    thanks!

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  16. #17 by Sushma on January 13, 2011 - 11:32 pm

    Hi Titaxy,

    So beautifully written. You have such a beautiful and meaningful look towards life.
    Love the way you grow with nature. After all we all are part of nature, and we all somehow follow the same cycle, some express and some don’t and some people like you express on both’s behalf :).

    Take care.

    thank you so much for the kind words…

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  17. #18 by Ruchira on January 14, 2011 - 12:01 am

    Brilliant ! Loved the comparison with mask on the face and snow on the branch ! Hope to read some more soon !

    thank you!

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  18. #19 by Sonia on January 14, 2011 - 12:31 am

    Ohh so awesome! I am a sucker for happy endings, good to read you after a long time T 🙂

    thanks 🙂

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  19. #20 by Scribbler on January 14, 2011 - 12:31 am

    crests and troughs & nothing lasts forever…likewise not even darker nights 🙂

    true!

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  20. #21 by Elegant Chic on January 14, 2011 - 12:56 am

    Lovely! 🙂

    🙂

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  21. #22 by Chatterbox on January 14, 2011 - 1:01 am

    What a beautiful message for everyone 😛
    Loved it!!

    🙂

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  22. #23 by Bindhu!! on January 14, 2011 - 1:58 am

    The prose sounds poetic 🙂

    thanks!

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  23. #24 by Dido on January 14, 2011 - 3:40 am

    beautifully written 🙂

    🙂

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  24. #25 by Psych Babbler on January 14, 2011 - 5:05 am

    Ahh…you are writing again! 🙂 Lovely piece and so very true. Life is but a cycle of good and bad, happiness and sorrow, hope and hopelessness….that’s what keeps us all going I suppose! 🙂

    true…if there wasn’t this mix and match, life might get boring 😀

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  25. #26 by DI on January 14, 2011 - 6:01 am

    🙂 I like how positive that was 🙂 Makes me very happy.

    🙂

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  26. #27 by Bikram on January 14, 2011 - 6:59 am

    Sad story but a GOOD message 🙂 HOPE it kindles the urge to live and who knows whats waiting on the corner …

    🙂

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  27. #28 by Shilpa on January 14, 2011 - 9:15 am

    Lovely one T 🙂
    We should never lose hope even in the worst of times.

    🙂 thanks!

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  28. #29 by BlueMist on January 14, 2011 - 11:39 am

    Guess that why life is so precious 🙂

    yupe

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  29. #30 by deviantwave on January 15, 2011 - 8:36 am

    So true T .. when winter is here can spring be far behind .. Hugs 😀

    🙂

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  30. #31 by Swaram on January 17, 2011 - 12:43 am

    So beautiful! Seeing 2 posts of urs on the reader makes me really happy T 🙂
    Welcome bk 🙂

    aww thank you!

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  31. #32 by soulmate on January 17, 2011 - 3:40 am

    Its indeed a circle of life.. If the harsh winters are here, can the spring be far.. Soon there will be tiny buds which will blossom into beautiful flowers and the sun shall shine bright bringing happiness,smile, sunshine and warmth into life…

    yupe 🙂

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  32. #33 by Priya on January 19, 2011 - 12:28 am

    Indeed.. cycle it is!! Very beautifully written T 🙂

    thanks!

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  33. #34 by justaroundme on January 24, 2011 - 1:18 pm

    Lovely…and hope you are staying warm….

    😀

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  34. #35 by priyaiyer on January 27, 2011 - 1:30 am

    Beautiful post, as always!
    I love the header! 🙂

    thank you!

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  35. #36 by smartassbride on February 15, 2011 - 1:26 am

    reminded me of “the last leaf” by O henry.

    🙂

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  36. #37 by Matt on August 21, 2012 - 10:44 am

    😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀

    😀 😀 😀 😀 😀

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