“A rolling stone gathers no moss”, so we’ve been told.
This famous proverb attempts to symbolize the loss of stability when one constantly is on the run and also conveys another symbolization – describing one who shirks the responsibilities he has.
From all the objects I perceive in my environment, it is interesting to note that for understanding the value of being active and dynamic, I often like to compare “being active” to that of a “rolling stone”.
A rolling stone indeed has a higher possibility of remaining shiny and smooth compared to a stone that is static, rough and covered in moss.
Take the case of our dear family friend and physician. A family friend who is a highly respected and loved physician and who is currently in the process of reinventing himself as a …….national level champion tennis player (Above 55 years category)!
Having been an excellent tennis player in his youth, amidst the busy professional schedule he had led, his tennis had taken a back seat.
Until, one day, he was gifted a couple of sturdy exquisite tennis rackets by his son. It was indeed a powerful reminder to get back to something he had always enjoyed and had been passionate about.
For someone who is completely busy with his medical practice, has a packed week that includes playing golf and hitting the gym, he is today looking forward to an even more exciting retirement.
He is indeed a perfect example of the category of people whom I would term as “Rolling Stones”.
They believe in continuous growth and life enhancement. They are those who pride in leading better lives as they themselves improve and become better human beings.
By and large, their active and healthy lifestyles help their brains remain active, alert and healthy.
Our physician friend enjoys sharing his knowledge and wisdom in conferences and seminars around the world. He is passionate about creating better public awareness of AIDS and is a member of a national social movement that strives to help AIDS patients lead as normal and healthy a life as possible.
People who belong to this category believe in setting goals and achieving them
One “Rolling Stone” that I’m fortunate to interact with since my college days had decided while in school that she will pursue her love for art. She had the dream that one day she will hold an exhibition of her artwork.
Years later, this marine biologist, held her first art exhibition amidst rave reviews and public interest.
They merely consider setbacks, stepping stones to success.
What makes a “Rolling Stone” different is that they scarcely consider experiences as failures but mere temporary setbacks.
In 1975, a young Australian man by the name of Mark Hunter was tragically involved in a horrifying water skiing accident. The accident resulted in him being forever wheelchair bound. Unlike many people, Mark did not allow his life to be deterred by this catastrophe. As a risk taker and an optimist, he became an unofficial spokesperson for people with disabilities and continued his work as a dedicated school teacher and eventually became a school principal. He did not rest on his laurels but progressed to become an executive and life coach, conduct educational sessions, workshops and keynotes on public speaking and presentation skills for organisations in Australia and abroad.
Having always been a phenomenal speaker and a member of Toastmasters International since 1994, Mark was the Australian Champion five times.
In 2009, Mark Hunter became the World Champion of Public Speaking at the Toastmasters International Convention in U.S.A.
Mark is an amazing example of what a person can be, never ever giving up even when facing a life with such a tragic challenge. Not too long ago, he became an author too.
With the wisdom of life, determination and courage, Mark Hunter continues to inspire and help others aspire for a fulfilling and meaningful existence.
Another person that comes to mind, is one of my friends during my childhood years. He had been a silent shadow throughout his school years. In fact this approach to life ended when he failed in high school. Today, he not only is one of the most qualified of the friends I know but a very active, responsible member of society and a passionate social worker as well.
Had he considered his silent inconsequential high school years as the culmination of the growth and success factor in his life, his life would be today very different from what it is.
Rolling stones, enjoy continuous self evaluation. This helps them access their growth and success positively
Certain goals in life may in our life may not result in the expected success. To self evaluate and make realistic changes that would help achieve success is a display of astute and critical self analysis. It is a reflection of personal conviction and grounded understanding about ones skills and flaws.
For a dynamic and active existence, we have but two simple options.
The decision to remain active, positive, evolve and grow…like a rolling, sparkling stone or choose to become stagnant and inactive…like a moss covered one.