The Power of Determination

When I was a child growing up, I was very fascinated by the story of the sparrow. It was told in school to teach children the power of determination. No matter how insignificant we are, like the sparrow, and no matter how insurmountable the challenges we face, we must never give up. Fear should not stop us from achieving the goals we have set. Below is the ancient Krishna  story of the ‘sparrow and her eggs’.

Let me share it with you:

One day a sparrow laid her eggs on the shore of the ocean, but the big ocean carried away the eggs on its waves. The sparrow became very upset and asked the ocean to return her eggs. The ocean did not even consider her appeal. So the sparrow decided to dry up the ocean. She began to pick out the water in her small beak, and everyone laughed at her for her impossible determination. The news of her activity spread, and at last Garuda, the gigantic bird carrier of the Lord, heard it. He became compassionate toward his small sister bird, and so he came to see the sparrow. Garuda was very pleased by the determination of the small sparrow, and he promised to help. Thus Garuda at once asked the ocean to return her eggs lest he himself take up the work of the sparrow. The ocean was frightened by this, and so returned the eggs. Thus the sparrow became happy by the grace of Garuda.

Please take a moment to ponder… Difficult tasks become very easy to execute if, simply with determination, one remembers the Lord. But if one does not remember Him, even an easy task becomes very difficult to achieve.


Joseph Bismark
Group Managing Director, QI Ltd

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