This is a new segment on my blog called #StoryoftheMonth. The idea is to bring forward short stories, fables, and anecdotes, that have a moral or insight for the delight of my readers! So, make sure you look out for these stories once every month!
The following story was contributed by my colleague, friend, and a reader of the blog: Professor Sudarshan Srinivasan. It is a thought-provoking one on “Individual Growth”. This is his second contribution to the blog.
This is a widely-shared short story called “Law of Life”.
Once, a newspaper reporter had interviewed a farmer who produced a great yield year after year. He was known for his Award-Winning Maize by the Agriculture Show organized in his province. During the interview, the farmer revealed that he had been sharing his seed with his neighbours too.
Perplexed, the reporter asked, “How can you afford to share your best seed with your neighbours when they are entering their maize in competition with yours each year?”
The farmer smiled knowingly and explained, “The wind picks up pollen from the ripening maize and swirls it from field to field. If my neighbours grow inferior maize, Cross-Pollination will steadily degrade the quality of my maize.
If I am to grow good maize, I must help my neighbours grow a good crop.”
This is such a profound metaphor, isn’t it?
This learning can be applied to our lives. Those who want to live meaningfully and well must help enrich the lives of others.
The value of life is measured by the lives it touches. And those who choose to be happy must help others find happiness.
For the welfare of each is bound up in the welfare of all.
Call it the power of collectivity. Call it a principle of success. Call it a law of life.
The fact remains — “None of us truly wins until we all win.”
Know this secret as you grow older!
“In life, when you help the people around you to be better, it transforms you too to become the best.”
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