Once there was a small woman walking a long a dusty sidewalk. She seemed to
be very old, but she walked with a light foot and her smile shone like that
of a reckless young girl. She stopped at a being which was squatting in the
dust of the wayside. She could not recognise much. the figure was almost
without a body and seemed to be just a flannel blanket with the outline of a
human body. The small woman bend down and asked: "who are
you?". Two nearly lifeless eyes tiredly looked up: "Me? I
am the Sadness." whispered a low and stagnant voice so that it
almost could not be heard at all. "Och! The Sadness!" the
small woman shouted with a happy voice like if welcoming an old
friend."You know me?" the Sadness asked suspiciously.
"Of course i know you! You have often been my companion on the
way" "Yes, but.. why don't you flee from me,
then?" the Sadness, still suspicious, asked. "Aren't you
afraid of me?" "Why should i run away from you, dear? You
know that you can keep up pace with everyone. But I wanted to ask you: Why
do you look so discouraged?" "I .... am sad," the
grey figure answered with a broken voice. The old woman sat down beside her.
"So you are sad..." she said and nodded, understanding.
"Go on, tell me what depresses you" The Sadness sighed
deeply: Could it be that this time someone wanted to listen to her? How
often she wished that. "Oh. You know.." she started
hesitating and wondering, "it is that just nobody likes me. It is
my destiny to go among people and stay with them for a certain time. But
when i come to them they are scared. They are afraid of me and avoid me like
the plague. " The Sadness gasped, "They have invented
sentences with which they want to banish me. They say: Shut up, life is fun.
And their fake laughter leads to cramps in their stomach and makes them
short of breath. They say: Let's praise what makes us tough. And than they
get a pain in their heart. They say: You have to withstand the tear. And
they feel a tear up their shoulders and in the back. They say: Only week
ones cry. And with the tears jammed up they almost explode their heads. Or
they deafen themselfs with drugs and alcohol so that they do not have to
feel me." "Oh yes,"the old woman
acknowledged, "I have met such people often". The Sadness sank
down a little bit more into herself. "But i only want to help
people. When i am close to them they can find themselfs. I help them to
build a nest to nurse their wounds. Sad persons have a very thin skin. Some
woe gets broken up again like a wound that would not heal, and that hurts a
lot. But only someone who allows Sadness and cries all the cried tears can
really heal his wounds. But people do not want me to help them. Instead they
put on a garish laughter over their scars. Or they arm them self with a
thick armour made of bitterness." The Sadness listened in silence. Her
weeping was first weak than grew stronger and then totally desperate. The
small old woman enclosed the sunken down Sadness into her comforting arms.
How soft and tender she was, while she caressingly stroked the quivering
bundle. "Just weep, my Sadness." she lovingly whispered,
"Rest a little bit, so that you can gain power again. From now on,
you should not walk alone anymore. I will accompany you, so that the chill
does not become worse." The Sadness stopped weeping. She sat up and
looked astonished at her new companion. "But .. but... Who are
you?" "Me?" the small old woman said
smilingly, and then she smiled benignly and recklessly like a little girl.
"I am the Hope".