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Bharat Goenka

November 6, 2014 divider image

The winters seem to be setting in. I could feel a nip in the air as I was sitting in the lawn writing. What in Hindi we would term as’ gulabi thand’. A pleasant change from the heat and the rain.

Another thought followed – as nature keeps on changing every day, should we not do the same? Or do we just find our comfort zone and decide to wait till things and conditions are back to our liking? No, my dear friends, conditions and circumstances will keep on changing and we will find ourselves left far behind, holding on to our comfort zone for dear life, while the world surges ahead. Let me tell you a small story (I seem to have become the story-teller prez) but how does one get across your feelings without giving examples?

Once there was a king who received a gift of two magnificent Falcons from Arabia. He asked the falconer to train the precious birds, and as months passed one day the falconer informed the king……that though one of the falcons was flying majestically, soaring high in the sky, the other bird had not moved from its branch since the day it arrived.

After exhausting all solutions to make the bird fly, sorcerers, healers, the king saw through the palace window that the bird had still not moved from its branch. On a brainwave the king thought to himself “maybe I need someone from the countryside to understand the nature of this problem”. So he ordered “Go and get a farmer.”

In the morning the king was thrilled to see the falcon soaring high above the palace gardens. On his command the farmer was quickly brought before the king. He enquired, “How did you make the falcon fly?” The farmer said “it was very easy, your highness…. I simply cut the branch where the bird was sitting”.

We are all made to fly… To realise our incredible potential as human beings… But at times we sit on our branches, clinging to the things familiar to us. The possibilities are endless, but for most of us, they remain undiscovered. We confine to the familiar ‘comfort zone ‘, so most part of our lives are …status quoist, instead of being exciting, thrilling and fulfilling…..

So let us strive to destroy the branch of laziness or fear we cling to and free ourselves to the glory of flight!!!!!

Celebrate the Rotary Foundation month – November – by exploring the true magic of Rotary Foundation – the magic of giving.

Celebrate LIFE

Bharat Goenka


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