Monday, 8 November 2010

Monday Morning Inspiration # 98

One day i was munching on delicious juicy apples and took a big bite and ended up with an apple seed in my mouth. I spat it out and wanted to throw it away.. I realized I was holding an apple tree in the palm of my hand. A little seed with the potential to become a beautiful huge tree.. A tree that could grow thousands of apples in its life time, each containing several more seeds which again giving the potential to growthousand other trees.

It is a rule of nature that only a few of these seeds grow. Most never do or are destroyed early on in their growth.

And it came to my mind it's quite often so with people's dreams also. Wonderful ideas come to our minds but they die too soon - we don't tend to the little saplings, we don't protect them as we should. And then one day we wonder what happened to our dreams - why did they never come true?

I put the apple seed on the table, and bent down to see how the light was reflected from it, this nature's tiny wonder. I wondered when someone was seriously growing apples, how many times they had to try to get a seed to germinate? How much work did it require?

Maybe it was like with our dreams: the seeds of your dreams did not automatically grow. Like planting an apple tree It might take many trys: like a hundred job applications to get that good job. You might send your manuscript out two hundred times before it was accepted. You might meet dozens of people until you met the true friend.

But if you kept on sowing the seeds of your dream, one day you would succeed. And after that others would comment you were lucky to be successful - when in fact you probably failed more often than you would like to count. But you were good at failing - you learned, you adapted, and then with your new knowlegde you tried again. And again. And again. And one day success was yours.

I picked up the apple seed again - but instead of throwing it away I took an empty flower pot, poured some earth into it and planted the seed. Maybe one day it would grown into a proud tree. I'd never knew if I didn't try.

Excerpts fromLeena Pekkalinen's story in Inspirational-short-stories . Loved the story when I came across it and thought how so true it is !!

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Magesh said...

Good one!

Rathna Kumar said...

nice! liked the 'Success through Failure' pic for this. wise choice.

Shalini Gowrisankar said...


Thank you :) :)

@Rathna Kumar

Thank you :) Glad to have you at my blog space.. Do stay in touch !

Myfirstblog said...

Hi Shalini,

do u think we can get success surely if we try again again and again?

do u have any experience for this article???

Bcas i tried really more past 6 months for one thing. but i got only fail for my all steps...