Caring for the World

This is a story of a young explorer to the Alpine mountains. He chanced upon an old man who was planting acorns with an iron staff in a desolate, barren stretch of land. The old man told the explorer that he had already planted over a thousand seeds and that he would continue planting them to bring life to a land that was otherwise dead. The young man laughed at the old man for wasting his energy on a futile pursuit.

Thirty years later, the explorer, now a grown up man, returned to the same spot which had become an oak forest, eleven kilometers long and three kilometers wide. Birds were singing in the trees, sweet-scented flowers perfumed the air, wildlife frolicked in the shade and streams flowed with water in groves that had been bone dry. His mind was flooded with memories. He was reminded of the old man, who had worked alone in utter solitude to turn a desert into a lush green forest.

We may not be able to change the world, but we can do something about the little patch where we live. The ‘acorns’ and the ‘iron staff’ are in our hands.

Quote: “All that man has learned in the last decades is how to go faster, work less, spend more and die quicker.” – From Construction Digest


About John Parankimalil

John Parankimalil, SDB, M.A. (English), M.Ed, Ph.D (Education), popularly known as P.D. Johny is a member of the Salesians of Don Bosco. He is presently the Rector and Principal of Don Bosco College, Tura, Meghalaya and Director of Don Bosco College of Teacher Education, Tura. He received the 1st Computer Literacy Excellence Award from Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, the President of India in August 2002 and the Guruvar Best Teacher Award from Shri Kapil Sibal, HRD Union Minister in 2009. He was formerly Principal of St Anthony's Higher Secondary School, Shillong and National President of All India Association of Catholic Schools (AINACS), New Delhi and the Charter President of Rotary Club of Orchid City, Shillong. He has authored several books. He is an Eduationist, Story-Teller and Leadership Trainer. He conducts seminars for Principals, Teachers, Students and Parents. His popular books include, He Can Who Thinks He Can (Macmillan), An Elocution Manual (Orient Longman), Progressive Parenting (Unicorn), Inspirational Stories for Purposeful Living (Babhani) The Way to Success and Happiness (Savio), How to Win Over Your Problems (Babhani), The Secrets of High Achievers (Babhani).
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