Let me tell you a story. It is about a boy called Peter, who happened to come across the wisest of all. One day, Peter thought of going down to the jungle near his village to look for berries and some wild fruits to make a pie. He told his mother that he might also spend the night there. The jungle was not inhabited by any wild animals, and so his mother allowed him to go and packed him some food and essentials for the journey. He set out for the jungle and in some hours reached a place full of berries and tasty fruit trees and bushes. He found an area suitable for camping and put his tent there. As it was getting a bit dark, he decided to pluck some berries for the dessert. Before he could start, he felt as if something was walking on him. Small, tiny and could be any harmful insects. He bent down to see. Lo and behold!! He found “ants” everywhere, struggling to climb on to him. He saw them climbing in one straight line and then dividing into more lines. Then he got rid of them all, cleaned himself and started towards the bush. In the bush, all the branches, leaves and fruits had these tiny ants on them. They were literally everywhere. They were collecting leaves and portions of berries and taking them somewhere. He then followed them. To his amusement, he found out that the ants took them inside a soil building, which was very hard to break. Through a small portion and some light he could see colonies and compartments. He was very impressed to see such amazing architecture. When he went back to his tent, he saw there were ants all over his food and bed. He had no other option than to return. And so he did! He narrated everything to his mother after reaching his place. He was so motivated by these small creatures that, he himself started keeping his room clean and organised and acted wisely then after.

This story might be a bit boring or repetitive. But the focus of it is on the wisdom of the ants. In the Bible it is written, “Go to the ants…… consider its ways and be wise.” Further on, “Four things on earth are small yet they are extremely wise: Ants are the creatures of little strength, yet they store up their food in the summer.” There are a lot of important things, these small creatures teach us. Ants are the most hard working and determined class of insects. They never give up on their determination. It might be a zip-lock bag or an airtight jar, if determined they will get what they want from it. Even, we should be determined in life. Without letting go of things soon, we must always find ways to succeed.

Ants care for each other. In this time of lost humanity, when we see ants running to save their fellows when stuck with a small stick, it is quite inspiring. They are all heroic and they try to fool you, doing the “not her/him, but me” stunt and sacrificing themselves for others. They do not forget anyone and might also leave a trail mark of identification for the lost ones. They are good in investing for their future by storing food. They are good managers also as they not only arrange but also count their eggs according to their age. They are good team players, they play together and safe. They are good builders and engineers as well. When you break an ant hill, you will find cities kind of structures, with farming, storing, sleeping and every facilities. They live in unity and are very good neighbors. They also are excellent navigators, as after a day’s search for food they return to their hill in the same way, as if they had left trails. They will give their lives in order to protect their queen.

It is really amazing as how great values are installed in such humble creations. Where we tend to spray them away from our houses, they wonder about conquering the house and becoming its owner. We do overlook such qualities because there are more of visible matters available, that are big and are good at catching our attention soon. We do have a lot to learn from each and every thing in this world and if we can instill in ourselves the good values and let go of the toxic ones, we can become better humans. Maybe, at some point in life, we can all ask ourselves, “Are we as wise as the Ants?”


According to the law of magnetism, Like poles attract and Unlike poles repel. At times this statement holds true for many things, emotions and actions. But somehow, today the “heroes in the house” defile the law in many of their interactions. Smile and tear are very similar opposites that have a great number of common properties. It almost seems that their relationship with each other is a lot Complicated. To name some similarities :
1. Both are individually very strong emotions.
2. Biologically both have a very different meaning. 
3. Highly contagious in nature (we tend to pass it on to the next person).
4. Capable of blending in well with each other.
5. Both carry a good amount of social weightage.
Let’s do a simple experiment, if you please. Let us go to a person close by and pass on a smile or grin. I would love to know the reaction of the other person. We all can use the comment section for that. 
After we have done the experiment, we need to know the proper definition of these two subjects.
1. Smile: According to biology, it is the facial expression formed due to the flexing of the muscles at the sides of the mouth followed by contraction of the muscles on the sides of our eye. Generally, It is an expression of joy, happiness, pleasure, sociability, amusement or grimace.
2. Tears: According to biology, it is the secretion of our eye, which keeps our eyes moist, clean and lubricates the dried areas. Generally, it is the liquid which flows down from our eyes when we are in utter pain or agony and is accompanied by sobbing and remorse (at times).
Smiles and tears are of different types. Smile can be a real heart felt one or a fake one. Whereas tears are of 3 types, the basal tears which is used for lubrication, the reflex tears which is formed due to foreign particles that enter our eyes and the crying or weeping tears. 
After all these definitions and similarities, I would like to share with you all those things that makes me smile or brings tears to my eyes.
There are a lot of things that make me smile and to list some:
1. My daughter
2. A favorite song
3. Call from a person I’m in need at that particular time.
4. One favorite dish
5. Good memories
6. Foolish things I did which I was proud of once.
7. Stupid decisions
8. The Oriya language paper which my mom read out in front of my whole family just to point out my mistakes.
9. Meeting my hubby for the first time.
10. The first date.
11. First everything.
12. Some old pains.
13. Some complicated situations 
14. Heartaches. 
Do you relate to any one of these. Believe me I understand. There are many others. But these are some that either make me smile in an instance or the smile makes it way through the pain. Especially the heartaches. Being the eldest in the family, we have it in store for us and of course the best jewelry we wear is our smile. It is not only hides the pain, but also our point of view which is not required. 
The teary things in my life are:
1. When I get hurt physically.
2. When I go unnoticed .
3. When I am taken for granted.
4. When anger is not enough.
5. When expression fails.
6. When I hit or scold my daughter.
7. When I fight with my husband just to keep him safe.
8. When I am blamed for things I have not done.
9. When I miss God.
10. When I am hungry.
11. When my daughter was born and I congratulated my husband for the first time. Overwhelming.
12. When I saw my parents after a long long time.
13. When I thought a sibling was necessary to take care of my parents.
Smiles, tears, happiness, sadness all these blend in so well. This complicated web of emotions and the reactions. How important are these? We need to always express these so as to feel free. When we smile, we might unknowingly make somebody’s day. Might be a tear or two can make someone feel that he/she is not alone. If only we can feel the pain the other is going through. Today, we live in a selfish world, where people are too busy to notice even their own emotions. They only do one thing is run after money and chase entertainment. Feeling and being felt are long gone. If only those could come back. We could again, smile together and shed s tear together to make this world a better place, not only to live in but to breathe freely and express freely. 
Love binds us all. The only thing we need to do is open our hearts and we should let it touch us and make us free. A fake smile can hide a millions of tears and some rolled down tears can express joy like no other. Let us help light the world with our smiles. Let us recognize the tears behind some fake smiles and help them with love in our hearts. Let us be the Light, we were always meant to be.