Makar Sankranti is also celebrated as a kite flying festival. Everybody who can, flies a kite and everyone who cannot talks about it. So was the radio jockey on FM Rainbow on the radio. He narrated a very interesting story.
Once when father and son were flying a kite together, the son asked, “Father, what makes the kite fly?”. Father said, “Son, it’s the string that makes the kite fly. Son is incredulous. “But father, doesn’t the string hold the kite back?” Father looked at the son and did a very strange thing. He cut the string with a knife. Needless to say, the kite was out of control and soon came down to ground.
Son couldn’t quite understand. “Father,” he said, “I thought it’s the wind which make the kite fly and the string holds it back”. “Son, the wind raises the kite in the air, but if it’s not grounded to earth by the string, it will not fly. It will just get blown away.”
Isn’t this very similar to our lives? Various opportunities, events in our lives will take us high, but unless we are firmly grounded in our principles & values, our lives would become directionless and will sooner or later blow us away.
The principles and values tether us to the ground. As Stephen Covey says in Seven Habits of highly effective people, the principles show us the true north. Like the north star shows the way in the darkness, the principles show us the true path in uncertainties.
And when all our actions are firmly based on the principles, even if the wind starts blowing in a different direction, even if we face very adverse conditions; this anchoring in principles helps us take an appropriate action so that we can continue to fly.