ROOTS AND WINGS
Roots and wings are the base of one’s ethics. Roots give you your identity, from where you are, who you are, and where your soul resides.
While wings give you freedom, to go out in the world, explore new things that the beautiful world has, get what fits your character, and leave, what doesn’t. Roots, helps you to be grounded, whereas wings, allow you to explore the different aspects of the world.
“The greatest gifts you can give your children are the roots of responsibility and the wings of independence.” – Denis Waitley
“Give the ones you love wings to fly, roots to come back and reasons to stay.” – Dalai Lama
“There are only two lasting bequests we can hope to give our children. One of these is roots, the other, wings.” – Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
DESCRIPTION – Let’s take a Deep Dive
Roots form the basis of our personality, they define our being. A strongly rooted person never deviates from its principles. Therefore roots are important. They tell us where to go in life. Whenever we are in a situation of confusion, whether to choose this or that, whether to go this way or that way, our roots help us to find out the correct way. And hence, imbibing good principles, ethics and ‘roots’, can be called an important part of parenting.
‘Wings’. By the very own word, we can deduce the meaning of it. Wings are meant to be flown. They give us freedom, make us feel independent. They give us the strength to face the world alone. Even the smallest of the birds, when flying for the first time, have to fly alone, without any support. Their mother lets them, to fly in the sky, as a part of growing up. The world is like this. Everyone, every human being, should have the quality of flying alone, to face the world alone.
While flying alone, after exploring the world, after seeing every good and bad aspect of the world, one should have the quality of coming back. Here comes the role of roots. This defines how rooted the person is. Many times people forget their roots, and never come back to their nests. And many others, know their reality, their roots, and come back home, after having the flight of the world.
One should have firm roots(mindset) in order to launch the first flight in the sky with given wings(efforts needed). In any business, the values and culture constitute the roots whereas products & services play the part of wings. Remember how Tata is different from Reliance, related the aspects and one can learn tons of new things.
- Both qualities help us to stay humble.
- They define the good character of the person.
- They help us to maintain good relationships.
Concluding, we can say that, both the qualities, are equally important. They are just like two sides of the coin. Opposite in nature, but having their equal share of importance in life. Just being kind to everyone, being humble, after achieving everything, is important. We should never try to hurt anyone, no matter what. It is often said that, when a person is full, he becomes humble. Roots and wings define this saying. Wings give us the courage to be full, while roots help us to stay humble.
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Author: Shraddha Khaparde