AUTHOR: SAGARIKA KHANNA
Rohan was standing at the window and avidly watching a glossy black woodpecker dotted with bright white patches chiselling at the tree bark with its pointed beak. It had built its nest in the deep hollow in the trunk of the old oak tree in the garden. He watched it as it ambled amongst the serrated and spiralled foliage of the tree.
Rohan was shaken out of his reverie as his father said to him, “Rohan, don’t daydream! Focus on your work.” Rohan dumbly nodded his head.
He wanted to dream and create but there was no place for his dreams as his father wanted Rohan to go to an engineering college.
Days flew by as he toiled day and night like a zombie. His hard work bore fruit as he was able to secure admission to the best college in the country. His father was proud of him.
But Rohan was not happy. He had done what was expected of him.
But in a secret corner of his heart the woodpecker still chiselled!
He wanted to delve into the deep dark tree hole and unearth what the bird hid there. He wanted to fly free. He recalled the time when the bird’s hole had been blocked by broken branches of the tree but it did not give up. It painstakingly picked each and every branch that blocked the way into the hole.
Rohan would now use what he had learnt to fulfil his dreams and create new things.
He would fly free and use his knowledge to scale new frontiers and love what he was doing but he would always find time to stand and stare and learn lessons from the little bird’s chiselling at the bark of the tree.
MORAL: WE SHOULD TAKE LESSONS FROM NATURE AND MAKE THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS.