Friday, October 26, 2012

A Giant Tree

This is a small piece written by Paulo Coelho and I thought I should reproduce the same.
A carpenter and his apprentices were travelling through the province of Qi in search of building materials.

They saw a giant tree; five men all holding hands could not encompass its girth, and its crown reached almost to the clouds.

“Let’s not waste our time with this tree,” said the master carpenter. “It would take us forever to cut it down. If we wanted to make a ship out of that heavy trunk, the ship would sink. If we tried to use it to build a roof, the walls would have to be specially reinforced.”

The group continued on its way. One of the apprentices remarked:

“Such a big tree and no use to anyone!”

“That’s where you’re wrong,” said the master carpenter. “The tree was true to its own destiny.”

“If it had been like all the others, we would have cut it down. But because it had the courage to be different, it will remain alive and strong for a long time yet.”

~ Paulo Coelho


Sylvia K said...

Always great to see you online again, Nsiyer!! And once again what a wise and wonderful story you've shared!! Thank you! I do hope all is well with you and your family! Have a lovely weekend!


muthu said...

that was quite an interesting read... :)

Jerly said...