Nature has a holy plan, said William Wordsworth.
Night follows the day, winter follows autumn. When spring comes it will be pleasant everywhere, nature putting on a new garb, trees blooming swarms of bees and butterfly hopping from flower to flower and collecting the nectar.
When once the spring goes, and winter comes, there cannot be this riot of colours and the joy of beauty, certainly not for months to come. If the bee misses this spring and fails to collect the nectar, its larder should remain empty.
So, we must make Hay when the sun shines. When the sky is overcast with the clouds, or when there is a heavy downpour, we cannot make Hay. We can strike only when the iron is hot. When the iron becomes cold, there is no use of striking it, how hard it may be. So we must do things only at the right time.
But procrastination is our number one enemy. We feel complacent and postpone things. We keep motto ‘Do it now’ on the table before us, but we don’t ‘Do it now’.A little delay doesn’t matter, we tell ourselves and postpone. Finally, it becomes our trait and we fail miserably in life.
As students we cannot pass well in our examinations, as graduates, we fail to secure proper placements, as adults, we lag behind in the race and finally when we grow old and weak, there will be nothing that we will be able to do then. We might wish for another lease of life, but that is day dreaming.
Therefore what is needed is to understand the holy plan of nature, comprehend the rhythm with which time moves, and adjust our actions accordingly.
“Only Lucy should go to the mountains, the mountains will never come to Lucy”. Often we don’t realise and as a result, if things go wrong, we blame others or make excuses.
Birds and animals understand this principle much better than man. Bees collect honey and store it in their hives for the lean months, birds which cannot put up with the devastating cold weather migrate to warm sunny soils long before cold increases. Even creatures like frogs migrate to better water homes before the hot summers winds dry up their little water pools.
Only man, perhaps, because of his superior intelligence doesn’t give much thought to his problem, thinks that he can meet any contingency that may arise and postpones things and wants to make Hay in winter.
It is true he has the technology to make Hay even at the dead of night but the extra manoeuvrability is to give him an extra sense of confidence to do it better and certainly not to give himself into procrastination.
There are many things like disease and natural calamities that need immediate attention. When finally old age seizes and we become invalid there would be none to save you.