நாளொரு பக்கம் 30
Friday, the 27th March 2015
Use the talents you possess, for the woods would be a very silent place if
no birds sang except the best.
-Henry van Dyke, poet (1852-1933)
Henry van Dyke was one with Nature, thanks to his upbringing. Reputed to be one of the greatest preachers in New York, he was a born leader, who ‘energetically trampled through forest trails, fished at trout brooks, scrambled wooded mountains, and took virtual ownership of nature’.
Let us, therefore, listen to his sage advice with rapt attention. It is alright to pursue Excellence, but lesser attainments also should be given due recognition. For that, each one one of us must do what we can do as our best contribution. Henry van Dyke uses an incomparale simile. All birds sing, some like the koel sing divinely. The beautiful peacock has a grating and unpleasing voice. If we wish only for the koel’s cooing, the silent forest will hardly be welcome to us.
In sum, உன்னால் முடியும் தம்பி.