Lessons from the Chilli Plant

Lessons from the Chilli Plant

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…

6 Comments Add yours

  1. upasna1987 says:

    Lovely with a food for thought.


  2. Sachin Nath says:

    Beautifully written and provides a lesson 🙂


    1. Thanks Sachin. It is like the wise one said, the world is willing to share its priceless gifts with the one who’s willing to open their mind to them.

      Cheers buddy 🙂


  3. Such a beautiful message and who could have imagined coming that from a chilli plant. It is true isn’t it, you need to be an eager learner and everything around you is a wonderful teacher!


  4. My Writing Workshop says:

    In March I planted a few chilli seeds into a pot. It took weeks for the seeds to sprout. With this lack of action, I could be forgiven for losing interest in the chilli seeds. No. Every day, I watered the soil and turned the pot so every corner received sunlight. I was not going to lose hope because of lack of results. Sometime late I noticed a change. The seeds had burst open, giving me a snippet of green. Ah ha…results! Over the coming months, my chilli plants are slowly but surely growing in size. They are healthy and vibrant…thanks to my attention and dedication.

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    1. It’s like the saying goes… one should persevere in their efforts & not give up, for you never know, just how close you’ve been to achieving your goal. Thanks for sharing your chilli plant experience. It sure was interesting. Good luck & here’s to happy gardening.

      Cheers 🙂


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