One of the delights in my life is being part of a group called “Heal the World” on WhatsApp, which is an app that a friend from India installed on my phone. Most of the participants live in India, and so I get to enjoy reading inspirational posts from some very beautiful people in India quite regularly, and also to have dialogues with them on spiritual issues. This is a great joy to me!
Recently, one of these delightful people in India posted the following powerful, insightful story, which can help all of us realize what we need to do during the most challenging times of life. May you be inspired by this story, as I have been!
In a forest, a pregnant deer is about to give birth.
She finds a remote grass field near a strong-flowing river.
This seems a safe place.
Suddenly labour pains begin.
At the same moment, dark clouds gather around above & lightning starts a forest fire.
She looks to her left & sees a hunter with his bow extended pointing at her.
To her right, she spots a hungry lion approaching her.
What can the pregnant deer do?
She is in labour!
What will happen?
Will the deer survive?
Will she give birth to a fawn?
Will the fawn survive?
Or will everything be burnt by the forest fire?
Will she perish to the hunters’ arrow?
Will she die a horrible death at the hands of the hungry lion approaching her?
She is constrained by the fire on the one side & the flowing river on the other & boxed in by her natural predators.
What does she do?
She focuses on giving birth to a new life.
The sequence of events that follows are:
– Lightning strikes & blinds the hunter.
– He releases the arrow which zips past the deer & strikes the hungry lion.
– It starts to rain heavily, & the forest fire is slowly doused by the rain.
– The deer gives birth to a healthy fawn.
In our life too, there are moments of choice when we are confronted on αll sides with negative thoughts and possibilities.
Some thoughts are so powerful that they overcome us & overwhelm us.
Maybe we can learn from the deer.
The priority of the deer, in that given moment, was simply to give birth to a baby.
The rest was not in her hands & any action or reaction that changed her focus would have likely resulted in death or disaster.
Where is your focus?
Where is your faith and hope?
In the midst of any storm, do keep it on God always.
He will never ever disappoint you.
May God bless us All !!
Love and Light,