Sunday, July 6, 2008

Don't Let the Beetles Get You Down

On the slope of Long's Peak in Colorado lies the ruin of 3 gigantic tree. Naturalists tell us
that it stood for some four hundred years. It was a seedling when Columbus landed at
San Salvador, and half grown when the Pilgrims settled at Plymouth. During the course
of its long life it was struck by lightning fourteen times, and the innumerable avalanches
and storms of four centuries thundered past it. It survived them all. In the end,
however, an army of beetles attacked the tree and leveled it to the ground. The insects
ate their way through the bark and gradually destroyed the inner strength of the tree by
their tiny but incessant attacks. A forest giant which age had not withered, nor lightning
blasted, nor storms subdued, fell at last before beetles so small that a man could crush
them between his forefinger and his thumb.
Aren't we all like that battling giant of the forest? Don't we manage somehow to survive
the rare storms and avalanches and lightning blasts of We, only to let our hearts be
eaten out by little beetles of worry-little beetles that could be crushed between a
finger and a thumb?

20 comments:

gunj said...

wow...i guess its d best post from u of all those ive read!

debasish.. said...

Hey !

relly nice one dere :)

Ne said...

I like how everything was worded... It flowed nicely! I liked this post!!!

Ne.

Princess Mia said...

very nicely articulated doctor ;)

ceedy said...

good one doc....

you have to take care of small things in life...this is what this signifies

rantravereflect/ jane said...

wowieeeee :) realll good one there man! lke absoutley.. it's true that we brave the biggest storms n left torn n open-mouthed at those smallest trivialities..
ooohhhhh.. wat torture!!! y can life never be an anti-thesis?

rahul said...

great..my post is along the same lines but somwat in the present Indian context.

Meghna said...

lovely!!! vry good doc ...

Mithrandir said...

most people think you wrote all this!
where did you get it? it was a very nice post, by the way.

brocasarea said...

@ gunj... thanks:))

@ debasish....:)

brocasarea said...

@ ne....thanks but i didnt write it:)

@ princess....thanks..:)

brocasarea said...

@ ceedy..."life is too short to worry abt small things"

@ jane...thanks...and welocme here:)

brocasarea said...

@ rahul...hmm..okk...wil read it!!:)

@ MEGHNA...thanks:)

brocasarea said...

@ rajeev...absolutely right:)....

ceedy said...

Thats what we all are taught....but beleive me when "these" small things accumalte - if not taken care off - it becomes a behemouth....and then it sometimes takes a lifetime to solve it....and then life is not too short my friend....it feels like a drag

brocasarea said...

@ ceedy..yeah..thanks for the suggestion:)

ceedy said...

Just sharing real life experiences :)

and sorry for two spelling errors in earlier comment

accumalate and behemoth

brocasarea said...

@ ceedy...its ok dude:)

Preethi said...

I saw the beetles get many of the trees in the rockies.. I lived in Colorado till about a month ago!! Nice analogy

brocasarea said...

@ preethi...thanks..it ws inspired by a Dale carnegie book:)