A Thorn Bird

We all are blessed to be alive. However, rarely, we realise this truth in our day-to-day lives. We are mostly busy in worrying about issues of lesser significance. We worry about our studies, jobs, relationships and what not. But, do we ever realise that all these worries are based on a single desire that we all live for: “A Peaceful Life.”

We want to do well in our studies to get a good job. So that we can live with our family happily forever. But, at each step, we worry more about the execution of the step rather than the significance of it. While looking through the microscope, we tend to undermine the importance of a bird’s eye view. Our entire life we wish to become someone else. In school, we want to become like a topper. In college, we wish to become like the most stylish guy, who makes girls swoon over him. In our jobs, we wish to become like the most successful person in that field. We always want to be some one else. Do we hate our identity so much that we try and camouflage it at every stage of our life?

Perhaps, it is not hatred. Most closely, it is ignorance. The ignorance of the presence of “I”, the individual. Why we all strive to be so similar to each other? Why the society we live in fail to respect the differences? Is it mere fear of dilution of our sacred ‘homogeneity’ or is it something else? May be, it is how our brains are programmed since our childhood. According to Hofstede theory, our evolution as a human being is generally a result of the collective programming. We all are trained to become larks and nightingales. Our parents wish us to become these birds so that we earn recognition and respect. But,what about being a Thorn Bird? (Thorn Birds are mythical birds that searches for thorn trees from the day it is hatched. On finding a suitable and sharp thorn, it impales itself singing the most beautiful song ever heard as it dies. ) Is it sin to be a Thorn Bird? Perhaps, not. It is rather impossible to become a thorn bird and sacrifice oneself at the altar of conviction.

But, the eternal truth of life says that in each one of us resides a thorn bird. It is just a matter of sheer recognition and acceptance. I am searching for my thorn, that gives me a reason enough to die. And, before I die, I want this world to live the most beautiful experience ever.

I hope that we all recognise our thorns someday at some point of time in our lives.

Till then, “Live a Quest”.

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Kartik
    Oct 18, 2010 @ 14:31:39

    Very insightful Gajendra….felt great to know about the “Thorn Birds”. I guess they are symbolic to the fact that we should live life by being ourselves rather than comparing with others and imitating them.

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    • gajendramohanjha
      Oct 19, 2010 @ 01:09:43

      Rightly said Kartik !!!! Thorn birds, as mentioned, are unique. They wish to give this world the most beautiful song at the cost of their lives. Isn’t it amazing?

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