Sometime towards the beginning of the year, I got tired of the drab view out the window & decided to add some colour. Potted plants seemed like the best option. The window soon filled up with varying hues of green. The Gulbakshi soon bloomed, adding a dash of vibrant colour to the view. It was joined by the cucumber creeper and the Krushna Kamal. The humble Chilli plant however, appeared to have cowered down by the healthy growth spree of its window-mates.
I tried replacing the soil, used the recommended organic additives, and closely watched the water & sunshine ratio as well. Nothing however, seemed to work & the Chilli plant continued on its slow growth path. Then, a few weeks ago, I noticed something different about it. A closer look revealed not one but four chillies hiding in plain sight. Their spouting & subsequent growth had gone unnoticed among the other brighter coloured & quick growing plants.
As I harvested the first chilli, I couldn’t help but think how life too mirrors this behaviour. In today’s fast paced world, everyone seems to chase & worship success. Yet, for every successful person, there are others who continue to work away in the shadows. With the spot-light on the high achievers, these slow-pacers go unnoticed, their contributions slipping under the radar, with hardly anyone cheering them on.
It reminded me that as long as we continue in our efforts to grow, getting a wee bit better each time, the pace of the rest shouldn’t matter as much. Ambition & success are all nice, but you can’t really beat the great clock in the sky. And with that thought, the slow-growing chilli plant had reaffirmed my belief that there’s place for everyone in this world – even the slow ones…