My boyhood dream was to acquire a big motorcycle
and become a Knight of the open highway.
But getting a license to drive a bike was a
completely different story! I had to learn the
rules of the road by heart and practice driving
so I could pass safely between strategically placed
pylons without touching them. I had to learn to
maneuver through crowded city streets, never
forgetting to signal my intentions to other
It was a long and arduous process. But my
driving instructor was philosophical about it.
I remember one particularly difficult lesson.
I had taken a fall and simply could not steer
the bike around a curve between the obstacles.
I got upset and started to doubt I could ever
succeed. "It's no good, I'll never be pass the
test!" I cried.
"Calm down," my instructor said. "You may not
know it, but you're making good progress every day."
I'd been a teacher myself, so I knew about
the platitudes teachers use to encourage their
students. Which is why I didn't believe a word
"It'll take more than a cliché to convince me
of that," I said.
"Tonight when you go home," he replied, "put a
lentil seed in some moist cotton. Then, every day,
watch it grow for half an hour. Come back and tell
me what you see."
Naturally I didn't see anything. I played the
game for three days, then gave up.
But finally, two months after I started and with
much effort and concentration, I obtained my license
to drive a bike.
On the day I took my exam my lentil seed sprouted.
A tiny green shoot had pierced through the cotton.
In a flash I understood the meaning of what my
instructor had said.
It's impossible to make a seed grow. It has to stay
underground until the moment it is ready to break
through into the open air. Even if the seed were
in a hurry to grow, it could not have speeded up
the process. Sometimes it takes time and quiet for
things to sprout in us, and come to fruition.
Although undetectable, new seeds are always present,
making slow but steady progress inside us, preparing
to burst forth and bloom at the right time.
"Trees teach us patience - they do not break at the
first sign of a storm."
Posted by Priya Deelchand