My Himalayan adventure was one of those experiences of life, which I could recall again and again. It seems it has left a perpetual mark of transformation.
The above pic was when I was walking along an arid but teeth-clatteringly cold path through one of the highest plateaus on planet Earth.
The old proverb – “The grass is always greener on the other side” was the exact notion I could use to describe this blessed scene.
The other day I was talking to a 15-year-old American kid. I asked her, with a smile, if she knew the proverb – “Empty vessels make more noise.”
Let alone that particular sentence, she was not even aware of what a proverb was. Suddenly I realized what was missing in the world; at least from my perspective.
Right from my childhood, I was raised hearing or setting goals around the notion of a proverb. I didn’t judge a proverb, didn’t do any research on the person who told them, but what I did was take their meaning seriously and metaphorically. I don’t know if I should give it so much credit, but these proverbs have helped shape my life. Most famous proverbs were written or told during great tribulations and historic moments. They are not just some ear-pleasing words, but to me, they are time-capsules that transport not just words from the past, but also emotions and wisdom.
Like another famous proverb quotes – “Those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat it.”
So, now in these times of social-distancing while we seek new ways to keep ourselves busy, let me mention some of the most famous but maybe slowly forgetting proverbs. People can pour over google search for its meaning or metaphorical construal, I am not here to do that part. But proverbs itself is important.
“Health is wealth.”
“Where there is a will, there is a way.”
“All that glitters is not gold.”
“Prevention is better than cure.”
P.S. A personal note during Covid 19 pandemic, as I may not be a medical expert, but still would suggest everyone what I myself do best. While most people across the world are telling you to wash your hands, if you can, kindly wash your hands and your face (especially around the eyes, nose and mouth area) whenever possible.
The steps being –
Wash hands (20 secs) and rinse
Wash face (20 secs) and rinse
Wash hands again (20 secs) and rinse
Because if hands are the transmitter of the virus and the face the receiver of the virus, it’s probably best to wash them both with soap (not sanitizer).