Dialogue – 60 (Qehat-ur-Rijaal / Dearth of gentlemen)

Inspired by Seems Aftab

“I lost a friend today….”

“Why…How…?….”

“He said, we are no more friends…… Don’t know why… I was so good to him, always.. He was too.. ”

“Something must be wrong…..from one end at least… If he actually was your friend, the reason must be known to you… 🙂 …”

“May be….. See, whenever there would be stress and pressure for me, he used to vanish, till the circumstances resumed to normal…. Yet I would hold on to him, as far as possible, and sometimes beyond that too…”

“Means, he was not a friend…. He was a leaf….”

“What..!?…”

“Some people are like leaves on a tree….. They move with even a small wind gust, and cannot sustain stronger winds… They also ‘change colour’ with changing weathers… Eventually, they die out..”

“Hmmmm…..”

“Most people are like that… They do not do anything, but give shade; and that too at different angles, relative to different sun directions… Means, even their shade is not permanent….. 🙂 … ”

“Wow…! He was exactly like that…..”

“Some people are like a branch on a tree….. You must be careful with them, because most of the branches are weak… So, more of such people can be deceitful… They make you think that they are good friends and they are strong, dependable and can be counted upon… But, the minute you step on them, they break and leave you in chaos….”

“Interesting… I can now recall at least two of such people… Branches…!..”

“You have to be lucky…. If you find two or three people in your life who stick together, nourish and take care like roots…. You are blessed….”

“Ahan…”

“Those are the people who will not go anywhere… Like roots, they are not worried about being seen or appreciated…. They may be quiet, but ever there….always there…… Due to them, the tree stands tall, and survives… They are always less in number…and most difficult to remove… That’s why we use this phrase: root-out”

“Means, we are also a root or a branch or a leaf….to someone….!… 🙂 ..”

“Yes…. A tree could have hundreds of branches and thousands of leaves, but only a few roots…. The first lesson is: when you get some roots, hold on to them… You might let everyone else go, but not roots….”

“Sure… Sure…. And what is the second lesson…..?..”

“Try to be a root to at least one person… Than to be a leaf or branch for many…..”

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