The ants


One morning I wasted nearly an hour watching a tiny ant carry a huge
feather across my back terrace. Several times it was confronted by
obstacles in its path and after a momentary pause it would make the
necessary detour. At one point the ant had to negotiate a crack in the
concrete about 10mm wide. After brief contemplation the ant laid the
feather over the crack, walked across it and picked up the feather on
the other side then continued on its way.

I was fascinated by the ingenuity of this ant, one of God’s smallest
creatures. It served to reinforce the miracle of creation. Here was a
minute insect, lacking in size yet equipped with a brain to reason,
explore, discover and overcome. But this ant, like the two-legged
co-residents of this planet, also shares human failings. After some
time the ant finally reached its destination – a flower bed at the end
of the terrace and a small hole that was the entrance to its
underground home. And it was here that the ant finally met its match.
How could that large feather possibly fit down that small hole? Of
course it couldn’t. So the ant, after all this trouble and exercising
great ingenuity, overcoming problems all along the way, just abandoned
the feather and went home.

The ant had not thought the problem through before it began its epic
journey and in the end the feather was nothing more than a burden.
Isn’t life like that! We worry about our family, we worry about money
or the lack of it, we worry about work, about where we live, about all
sorts of things. These are all burdens – the things we pick up along
life’s path and lug them around the obstacles and over the crevasses
that life will bring, only to find that at the destination they are
useless and we can’t take them with us.

Have a worry-free week ahead!!!



About sathiyanarayanan1947

Resident of Chennai in India, a retired Government officer, and doing freelance writing to various tamil magazines and English newspapers regularly. Suggesting ways and means for public oriented issues.
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