that is the sound of price barcode scanner at the cashier counter.
"sixty one dollar and ninety three cent sir."
by the way, can we talk about pain? what is pain? for me, pain is a postcard. i mean, its a part of communication mechanism in our body. try this- when our finger touch a hot stove, the sensory cell quickly wrote a postcard about what the finger is up to and drop it to the mail box. he wrote down the tracking number too, just in case anything happen to his precious postcard. soon after, the postman, the nerve, picked up the postcard from the mail box. he read the address- brain, in the head. unlike our courier service here, the nervous system have a very effective working system. the postcard arrived at the head and the brain read it right at the moment he received it. 'brain bro, i think this finger dude here will get us burned, you should tell him to stop now.' panicky, the brain pull his drawer out and quickly took out the 'pain postcard', and wrote 'back off mate. its hurt!' he passed it to the postman, who's he told to wait in front of his door, so he can deliver the pain postcard to the muscle guy. in a flash, the muscle read the postcard and do what the must. together with the tendon and the joint, they moved the skeletal bones to accomplish a back off movement of our hand. looks like it was a long and complicated process kan? but everything actually happened in a milliseconds. Allah is great.
"sorry, do you have panadol?"
"yes. which one? actifast? soluble? or the normal one?"
do you remember, when we're consulting a doctor because we're not feeling well, he/she will ask a lot about our pain. where does the pain felt the most? how often you feel the pain? when did you start feeling the pain? try to do this- which one feel worse; like this or like this?
this is him/her communicating with our body to get a clue on what is the problem and how to solve it.
the point is, pain is not necessarily a bad things to be experienced. in fact it is necessary. pain is a form of protection, it is our body telling us that something is not right, that we're doing something wrong that we might end up destroying ourselves. pain is the language of our physical body, telling us what is their problem.
pain do exist in both physical and physiological form. the case is the same for both. pain, either physical or physiological, serve as an indication of something out of equilibrium or some limitation that has been exceeded. and like our physical pain, our psychological pain is not necessarily a meaningless or even undesirable experience. in some cases, experiencing emotional or physiological pain can be healthy or necessary. like the emotional pain of rejection or failure teaches us how to avoid making the same mistakes in the future.
people don't come with pop up lights or sounds plus vibration notification, like how our smartphone tells us that its battery almost drained or we exceeded our data limit or its running out of storage space. we need the sensation of pain to let us know that our bodies and heart(no, not the physical heart) need an extra care. it is an important signal.
"seventy dollar and ten cent sir."
unfortunately, we often got ourselves deluded and distracted from reality of the world around us. we're so used to see all sort of pain as a negative that we lose the benefits of experiencing healthy doses of pain.
so, what if this pain is a delivered postcard, from Allah?
how should i reply to His message?
*there is a lot more about 'pain' from a rare positive views i found in my reading and from lectures i listened to. just like the latest writing on 'problem' before, this is me trying to re-write while connecting whatever i remember, and this is the longest i can write here. i'm sorry if the content was messed up just like my grammar. if someone is reading this, do ask if you need some titles for the books or the lectures. syafakallah.