“The fairest thing in nature, a flower, still has its roots in earth and manure.”- D.H. Lawrence
It is said in an illustrative story that when Bill Gates tipped the waiter who served him in a restaurant with 5$, the waiter made a face.
“I’m just surprised because on the same table, your daughter gave a tip of 500$. Yet being her father, the richest man in the world, you only tipped 5$.”
Gate’s reply to this, which goes, “She is the daughter of the world’s richest man, but I am the son of a woodcutter. Never forget your past!”
As a kid, this story left a particularly strong impression on my childhood, acting as a constant reminder for me to appreciate my origin. The inspiration from it- as of present time is still deeply ingrained in my memories.
It is tough remaining grounded, even after we become somebody, having achieved something significant in our lives.
When we come across gaining achievement, fame or wealth, we tend to swerve from our original paths- the ones that we initially took when we had close to nothing.
The thing is, can these materialistic things accompany us till the end of our journeys?
Does altering and denying your roots change the fact of where you started from?
Can a flower survive on its own after being uprooted?
Never forget your roots. They are the foundation of your existence- the reason as to why you are able to stand on your two feet today.
Roots are where everything is. By the time you retrospect, the distances from where you started and what you chose to abandon along your journey, are only so much as a bigger version of where you were in the first place.
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