I am in a cab that is stuck in heavy traffic. All around me, drivers are tapping their steering wheels impatiently, while some others are busy on their phones.
My phone’s battery is at a meagre 5%, and with no messages to check or people to call, my gaze wanders to the buildings on either side of the pavement. I crane my neck to see the trees lining the road. The blue sky appears bleached under the glaring sun. The leaves on the trees filter the sun’s light in various patterns, each pattern unique.
Amongst all these trees with leaves is also a wise old tree that is bereft of leaves. A sudden movement on this tree’s branches catches my eye. I realize that it is a bird, a crow.
Picture courtesy – Illustrated by Ann & Ani (image copyrighted)
The crow keeps moving up and down one particular branch. Up, down, pause, up, down, pause…the crow keeps repeating this for sometime.
I wonder what the crow is thinking. Is he worrying about his loved ones? Is he confused about choices that he has to make? Is he testing the tree for its suitability for him to build a nest and start a family?
The crow continues pacing. After a few minutes, he stops, his head clear. He has made up his mind. Soon, he flies away.
This is quite similar to how we humans behave too, especially when we are confused, and have to make choices or have to take firm decisions in our lives.
Sometimes, we require ‘alone time’ in our minds to sift through our thoughts, think through the consequences, process them, and then come to a decision.
Sometimes, we pace up and down our living rooms, or embark on solitary walks, thinking and evaluating.
And always, when we look within, the right answer comes to us, at the right time. It was always there, it just needed us to choose it.
And then comes clarity, and a sense of lightness.
Just like the crow that flew away into the sky. Free now, that the decision had been made.