Hope: Lessons from Burro’s Tail

Burro’s Tail

‘From the ashes a fire shall be woken,A light from the shadows shall spring;Renewed shall be blade that was broken,The crownless again shall be king.’

From Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien

Ah, if you are wondering why this quote, well this Burro’s Tail plant literally grew from a broken piece of another plant.

Many of you may be familiar with part of this quote as it was used in the movie Lord of the Rings. Personally, I find this quote very interesting as well as something that emphasizes regeneration and gives hope.

Hope is a powerful thing. And regeneration is one of the process that gives hope. I did disagree with the second part when the Architect in the Matrix said ‘it is the quintessential human delusion, simultaneously the source of your greatest strength, and your greatest weakness…’

But nothing is more true than the fact that hope gives us strength. It gives us infinite possibilities of how things could be. It gives us courage to try. Hope gives us power to change things or at least try. Hope is the light at the end of a tunnel. It is clinging on to beauty when you’re miserable.

When we are down, going through our darkest hour or when things look bleak, it is hope that keeps us going, gives us patience, makes us persevere, allow us to believe that things can and will get better. 

Coming back to my photo, methinks, to plant a broken sapling (and the entire  gardening thing) is an exercise in hope. Planting a seed, watering, pruning a plant basically everything to do with gardening is actually the gardener’s hope, a belief in better, brighter, livelier and beautiful tomorrow.

To conclude in words of one of the greatest poets Alexander Pope:
‘Hope springs eternal in the human breast; Man never Is, but always To be blest.The soul, uneasy, and confin’d from home, Rests and expatiates in a life to come.’

And isn’t it hope that keeps us going and fighting in these time of #Covid-19

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