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Challenges make you grow

17 Jan 2016   Shanti Gowans

Sam, who was eight years old went to his grandfather and proudly announced, “I am going to be very successful when I grow up.  Can you give me any tips on how to get there?”

His grandfather nodded, and without saying a word, took the boy by the hand and walked him to a nearby plant nursery. There, the two of them chose and purchased two small saplings. They returned home and planted one of them in the back yard. The other sapling was placed in a pot and kept indoors.

“Which one do you think will be the most successful in the future?” asked the grandfather.

Sam thought for a moment and said, “The indoor tree. It is protected and safe while the outdoor one has to cope with the elements.”

The grandfather shrugged his shoulders and said, “We’ll see.”

The grandfather carefully tended to both plants and in a few years, Sam, now a teenager came to visit.

“You never really answered my question from when I was a young boy. How can I become successful when I grow up?”  he asked.

The old man showed the teenager the indoor tree and then took him outside to have a look at the towering tree outside. “Which one is bigger?” the grandfather asked.

“The outside one. But that doesn’t make sense…it has to cope with many more challenges than the inside one.”

The grandfather smiled, “Yes, but the risk of dealing with challenges is worth it as it has the freedom to spread its roots wide and its leaves towards the heavens.  Sam, remember this and you be successful in whatever you do. If you choose the safe option all of your life, you will never grow and be all that you can be; but if you are willing to face the world head-on with all of its dangers and challenges, the sky’s the limit.”

Sam looked up at the tall tree, took a deep breath and nodded his head, knowing that his grandfather's wisdom was right.

The same is true for all of us.

Great challenges also allow for great expansion. If we did not have the challenge, would we even seek the solution? Many times, amazing paths reveal themselves out of great adversity. Choosing the safe path, cannot create great success. All great leaders have taken risks, be it in business, political and even personal life.

Think of the difficult times in your life. Can you say you have learned a lesson?
Can you say a few years later that a wonderful path revealed itself out of those times?

We all can. With all the pain we have experienced in our life, many good things have revealed themselves to us as a direct result of the pain. This is not to say that pain is necessary, but when it happens, there’s a beautiful silver lining to it every time. Growth and expansion are sure to follow. Help is on the way!


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Shanti Gowans is the globally recognised author and founder of Shanti Yoga™, Meditation and Ayurveda for the self, family and community.

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