March musings

March musings

'Ring out the old, ring in the new,' said Alfred Tennyson. Perhaps, he had in mind the change of season, as much as he had the change within us too. After all, with the passage of time, we tend to move from the old to the new; from one era to another; from one style to another, and, yes, from one life to another. In this context of change, I recall those monumental words of Ovid oft quoted by my English teacher, 'Everything changes; nothing perishes.'

I regret to say that I was in the Land of Nod when this most educative of speeches was in progress, and was shaken awake by my friend all of a sudden to find Sir glaring away at me! In the same vein of thought, while I would like to believe that I was the studious
one at school, I must admit that in my own way I had my ‘mischievous edge’ too! But then, with the passage of time, I am relieved to say these rough edges smoothened themselves.

If my teachers were watching from someplace above, they would be relieved thinking that I was learning, albeit the hard way. This does not mean I had transformed overnight into an angel par excellence. But yes, I was trying in my own determined way, working assiduously that I may strive for perfection, or as that motto goes (of one of the schools I taught in): “In pursuit of perfection.”

Of course, I must confess that it took me quite a while to really understand what my English teacher was saying. Those famous words of John F Kennedy  were being echoed by him, “Change is the law of life.’’ How true! Yet, how long does it indeed take us to realise all this. Truly, as they say, “Experience is a hard taskmaster because she gives the test first, and the lesson afterwards.”

This makes me ruminate, how often do the young rebel against the advice of the far more experienced among us, how often do so many of us choose to go “against the grain.” Well, whenever I am in any spiritual dilemma, or maybe a time of trial, I step outside the house, and look at the nature all around me.

The trees that stand as quiet witness to the change of time.The sky above seems to look down upon me ever so benign. Even the birds are busy doing their duty, patiently yet slowly, collecting their food, building their nests and “minding their own business.”

Why, then, are we human beings trying to whip up tempers when changing our inner selves or the outer world. If one were to learn from Mother Nature, one would learn a lot more about change, its necessity and inevitability.

The words of Mahatma Gandhi ring true, “You must be the change you wish to see.’’ As Nature evolves and as the wo-rld changes, so too, must we realise the importance of changing for the better.

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