R- “ROME WAS NOT BUILT IN A DAY”

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There are things in the world which took a considerably long time to mature. It is the nature of a task that determines the length of time it would take to be accomplished. Some people are in the habit of getting impatient, when a task takes a little too long to complete. This dialect “Rome was not built in a day” is used to inform the impatient people that great things are not done or accomplished overnight.

Rome, was the capital of the Roman Empire and the citadel of the Roman Catholic Church. Roman Emperor Augustas was considered to be the real builder of Rome. Rome consisted of only a few hamlets when Augustus came to the throne. It took about 40 years for him to transform the face of Rome into a metropolis, adorned with beautiful mansions, theatres, temples, public baths and many other public buildings.

Let me talk about the great wonders of the world. We often admire their greatness but are apt to forget the tremendous amount of money and material, human labour and time that have gone into their making. The Taj Mahal is a monumental architecture. It took decades for its building. ShahJahan got this finest piece of architecture constructed with great patience and with huge expenditure over a long span of time. It is because of these factors that the Taj occupies a place of pride in India. The huge pyramids of Giza took several generations of Pharaohs to attain their overpowering magnitude and staggering height. The Great Wall of China is another case in point. These random examples are enough to prove the truth of the saying.

We are all aware of the persistence that enabled Tenzing reach a top of Mount Everest. Milton took a quarter-century of years to complete his great epic Paradise Lost. Tulsidas took several years of constant labour in compiling Ramacharitamanas.

Success in life too that one needs steady and continuous work. Civilizations did not develop in a country or two. Nor science or technology is the result of the efforts of one individual or a single experiment. It is because hundreds of people zealously worked for generations together that we now enjoy easy and comfortable life. Most of those people who had so toiled are not known to the history, they are the people, who never cared for fame, who were not deterred by failures, whose only aim was to go ahead steadfastly in their work.

When we turn to the nature and watch a bird making its nest, we will certainly be amazed for its patience and perseverance. A clumsy bird like the crow, brings dry sticks and twigs from a tree in its beak, puts them at the joint of two branches, arranges and rearranges them until it finally takes the shape it wants! It does not give up its job – the sticks may fall now and then and the wind may blow off its partly built nest. Still it persists.

People in our country are impatient of the slow pace if our progress to prosperity. They often contrast our poverty with the affluence of the USA without bothering their heads with the facts that it took even the Western capital coupled with technical skill and the virgin soil of America about a hundred and fifty years to make the USA the rich and prosperous country that we admire. We cannot eradicate the poverty of centuries within a few decades. It will take time for Rome was not built in a day. Nothing can be achieved in a single day. There is nothing called instant success. As a result one should be patient throughout his journey to reach his goal.

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3 thoughts on “R- “ROME WAS NOT BUILT IN A DAY”

  1. Applying this story to a blogger, a great and famous blog was not built in a day! There are so many little things to be noted and great lessons to be learnt via blogging. And it surely takes a lot of time to be a master at it! I have only just started to learn how to comment well, and read more and more blog posts within a limited span of time. It really is a nice lesson we all must learn 🙂

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