We were like ships which could not always be on long voyages; therefore, sometimes we needed to get ourselves anchor off shore for some rest and to enjoy a moment of peace. The load capacity of a ship was limited, which meant that even the warmth of just one single sentence might overfill it. Yes, it was true that the strength of just one touching word could blaze down on us like sunshine for a whole life. And it was strange that we could fall in love because of words and could hold each other tight to the end of life in silence. You couldn’t be prepared for all things that came to you, so when something took you by surprise, you had to look forward and be brave, just like climbing up the ladder to heaven, if you looked downward, you would be frightened by how far you’d climbed; but if you looked upward, you would see you were getting closer to God’s embrace minute by minute. You might get tired in the not-too-distant future, but an unwavering faith
Staring against the afternoon sunlight, with every nerve fluttering to the dancing rhythm of the golden beam, I am immersed in the distinctiveness of backlight——a light which strengthens beauty with softness and warmth; a light which is capable of conjuring up happiness and fluctuating to loneliness; a light which enchants me and is good at enchanting——illuminating every heart abyss and every piece of gloomy memory. Perhaps, deep in the soul, everyone feels lonely, which is why we spare no pains to search for accompaniment. And please don’t turn away, for you are just the warm light I am searching for.
This was Cao Shuci’s first journey after demobilization, and the destination was Tibet. Along the way, with her as the companion, they took a lot of phot