Why do we live?

There are many answers to that question. ‘To realise a purpose’ is a common yet insightful answer to the existential question. What if we are loaded with problems and cannot materialise this purpose? You may either live it against all odds or leave it in search of better, greener pastures. There is nobility in both paths, though the first one demands the fighter in you to get up and get going.

The cobra and the crows is a story that pops into mind as we mull on this topic. There are two types of crows in the story. The first set did not believe in fighting for their cause and they leave their nests. The second set, in fact, a crow couple, goes to great lengths to live their purpose, that is to safeguard their nests.

The story follows the exploits of a cobra who lived in a hole in the tree. Crows built nests after nests only to find their chicks disappearing from their cherished nests without hunting for the enemy. They ran for their lives and the lives of their families. Needless to say, the cobra was the culprit. He had a good meal of all the chicks that hatched.

However, a unique crow couple decided to investigate and found that it is a vile cobra that is eating up all the fledglings. The father crow comes up with a shrewd plan. He steals the gold necklace of the queen as she takes bath in a pond nearby. The crow drops it near the cobra’s hole. The guards and the villagers beat the cobra to a pulp as they venture to take the necklace from the cobra’s hole.

As the story goes, the crow family was able to hatch their chicks in a safe environment and they lived happily.

Sometimes when all doors are closed it is imperative to hatch a Plan B. It may be smart if not shrewd. But that is the only way to realise your purpose, in this case, to live a safe family life. The crow indirectly sought the help of villagers to get back at the cobra. Remember he is the only crow that decided to fight back to live peacefully. Having said that it may not be easy for every to be a clever fighter. One could choose one’s way — Live it or leave it.

We all need stories. Here’re few from the global repertoire, served fresh for you to use within your space, at your pace, whenever and wherever.