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TWO SEEDS IN THE DESERT

Part three from the Trilogy of Seeds.

These three stories promote resilience, a growth mindset and the ability of face challenges and adversity.


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In the vast expanse of the desert, where the sand stretched out as far as the eye could see, two seeds were born. Their names were Grace and Maya. They were born from the same gust of wind that carried them to this harsh and unforgiving land. They knew nothing beyond the barren landscape and the sun beating down on them in the day. The nights provided much needed solace from the uncompromising day.


From the moment they sprouted, Grace and Maya knew that they faced an uphill battle for survival.


As they emerged from the dry, cracked earth, they found themselves surrounded by endless stretches of sand dunes and the scorching heat. Water was scarce, and the sun beat down mercilessly, threatening to wither them before they had a chance to grow. They hoped that they were in a lush garden surrounded by familiar leaves and foliage. Where they would not have to struggle day to day. As the days went by, their spirit waned.


Maya said, “Grace, why did the Universe put us here? We could have been happier elsewhere.”


Grace replied, “Maya, we cannot challenge the Universe. This is what we have now. And we can try and do our best here itself. I have you, and the fact that we have each other means something. Let us find a way through this”.


Somewhere I had read, “Bloom where you are planted, she said. Why don’t we try to make the best of what we have here?”

Grace, with her resilient spirit, dug her roots deep into the parched soil, searching for the slightest hint of moisture hidden beneath the surface. She stretched her leaves towards the sky, absorbing every precious drop of water that fell from the rare rain clouds that passed overhead. With each passing day, Grace grew stronger and more determined. Her roots anchoring her in place as she weathered the desert sun and sandstorms that swept through the land.


Maya took a different approach to survival. She embraced the nomadic lifestyle of the desert, allowing the wind to carry her wherever it pleased. With each gust of wind, Maya lifted high into the air, and carried herself across the desert landscape. There she saw new and unfamiliar places. She danced and twirled in the breeze, her seeds scattering far and wide.


Despite their different strategies for survival, Grace and Maya remained close companions.


One day, a fierce sandstorm swept through the desert. It threatened to bury everything in its path beneath a blanket of swirling sand.


Grace said, “Maya, hold on to me. Let us stay together and we can will make it.”

As the winds howled and the sand stung their tender leaves, Grace and Maya clung to each other, their roots intertwined. Through sheer determination and grit, they weathered the storm together.


In the end, Grace and Maya proved that even in the harshest of environments, life finds a way to thrive.


With their unwavering determination and resilience, they showed that with courage and perseverance anything is possible. They stood side by side in the vast desert landscape, their leaves shimmering in the golden light of the setting sun.


XoXo

The Storyteller_Mumbai


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