For many years, a farmer had ploughed around a large rock in his field.
He would curse the rock, every time he damaged his plough on it.
Though he tried to be better at avoiding the rock, he managed to break
yet another plough, one day. Remembering all the trouble the rock had
caused him through the years, he finally decided to do something about
When he put the crowbar under the rock, he was surprised to discover
that it was only about six inches thick and that he could break it up
easily with a sledgehammer.
As he was carting the pieces away he also carried the smile of
realisation how easy it would have been to get rid of that rock sooner…
if he had only tried!
We know of how the stream defeats the rock with its persistence… how the
drop hollows the rock with constant falling... how the stone cutter with
determined chiselling gives shape to huge rocks.
| But, perseverance would never happen if one did not choose to
try. And the reality is that most rocks in our route may not be as big
or as tough as we imagine them to be. But we would only know when we
Most of the time, the hurdles in our path seem larger just because we
dread the bigger obstacles. But, those who are seized by the passion, to
overcome every obstacle, find that not all rocks in their course are
Somebody who shirks from preliminary effort would find the simplest of
tasks to seem overpowering. It is said well that “never give up until
The rock in our way may not be what it appears....Let’s BE BETTER at
overcoming failure fears…
- Pravin K. Sabnis
4 May 2009, Goa, India.