In a forest, a pregnant deer is about to give birth. She finds a remote grass field near a strong-flowing river. This seems a safe place. Suddenly labour pains begin.
At the same moment, dark clouds gather around above and lightning starts a forest fire. She looks to her left and sees a hunter with his bow extended pointing at her. To her right, she spots a hungry lion approaching her.
What can the pregnant deer do? She is in labour! She is constrained by the fire on the one side, and the flowing river on the other, boxed in by her natural predators.
What does she do? She focuses on giving birth to a new life.
The sequence of events that follows are:
– Lightning strikes and blinds the hunter.
– He releases the arrow which zips past the deer and strikes the hungry lion.
– It starts to rain heavily, and the forest fire is slowly doused by the rain.
– The deer gives birth to a healthy fawn.
In our life too, there are moments of choice when we are confronted on all sides with calamities.
Maybe we can learn from the deer. The priority of the deer, in that given moment, was simply to give birth to a baby. The rest was not in her hands, and any action or reaction that changed her focus would have likely resulted in death or disaster.
“Every moment is a moment of choice. Every hour is an hour of Destiny.”
(Stolen from a bunch of places, none of which credited the original author if in fact there was one. If you know the author, feel free to share).