Essay On A Rolling Stone Gathers No Moss

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The proverb means that a man who is constantly changing his vocation, who cannot stick to a particular job, will never win success. A stone is covered with green moss when it remains fixed at one spot; similarly, if a man remains steady at his job, he will soon be permanent and confirmed there and that is the way to success. For hereby he wins experience, knows his defects and shortcomings, tries to remove them and thus improve.

Success in life does not, come easily for the mere asking. It has to be won by the hard work and resolute application. The proverb, therefore, gives us a warning to the unstable character who loses heart easily and for want of fixity of purpose and devotion, changes his profession very often.

Rabindranath has said, "Let fresh obstacles come again and yet again: I will receive the blow and remain unmoved." For the acquisition of this virtue, one is to have a singleness of aim. Our life should be an organised effort to achieve a definite aim. A man who has no aim in life is always rolling from one job to another and he can never win his goal. It is necessary to be patient and persevering.

Failures, as the proverb says, are only pillars of success. Therefore, one must never feel discouraged by failures, but one should try and try again. This means one must preserve at one's job till success is achieved. Otherwise, one shall have to roll from pillar to post and post to pillar and move like a floating isle without striking any root. It is no use becoming a beautiful blossom that never opens into flower.

Of course, all this depends on two basic requirements. The first is to have a proper assessment of one's own power and mental preference. The choice of a job must not be made on a mere whim or a chance suggestion. It has to be made after a proper evaluation of one's capacity and resources. This is by no means an easy task. The second requirement is to have a certain degree of foresight. One must have a clear perspective of what is possible and what is not.

To be always changing one's position or one's job wins neither respect nor success. This naturally produces an adverse reaction.

But this should not lead one to think that the first choice is to be the last choice. A man learns by trial and error. So a wrong choice should not be adhered to when things are uncongenial. Dynamism or mobility is the hallmark of modem life. So Stephen Leocock suggests that if one finds a job or better scope and prospect, later on, one should avail oneself of that opportunity.

To sum up, one should in the first place, make a correct estimate of one's taste, temperament and capacity and shape one's aim in life accordingly. Having done this, one should stick to it with unflinching courage and devotion. Neither failure nor obstacles should discourage or deter him and make him give up the struggle for the attainment of his goal. Let us keep in mind the words of the English poet—

'Say not the struggle naught availeth.'


A rolling stone gathers no moss.

A rolling stone gathers no moss.

After a storm comes calm.

The proverb tells us that in principle in nature no season remains forever and similarly situations also change one after another. When a storm emerges in an ocean, it creates violent winds and heavy rain, sometimes, causing a dreadful disaster but after some time there prevails a reign of calmness. Though the storm disturbs the man’s life it will not remain for a long period but very soon the storm disappears and calmness prevails everywhere.

This proverb indicates that the human life is also of the same principle. Storm of fate occurs suddenly and disturbs the man’s life for a while and then disappears. After the storm of fate disappears one feels a sigh of relief from the disturbances one has experienced. That’s why it is said that human life is a combination of joys, sorrows, happiness and tears. No same situation remains for a longer period or for ever.

One situation follows the others and just like a wheel which circles round all the time bringing the upper part to the lower and the lower part to the upper. Once India was rich country having all the resources for the people to lead comfortable and contended lives and later on it came into the clutches of the British Raj. People suffered and the country was looted by the British. After freedom India started progressing and it is coming back to its past glory. So one should never lose heart and be patient enough to bear the hardships of life as happiness and fragrance of life follow.

A rolling stone gathers no moss.

A moss is a kind of algal plant which grows on rocks which remains stationary for a long period of time. This proverb has two kinds of meanings. The positive meaning says that the rolling stone gathers no moss because the stationary - the rock - collects more material since it remains stationary. The moss can be referred as a positive thing in this meaning.

Similarly people who stick to one job and work in it will gather more knowledge about the particular job. Instead people who work on different jobs will not learn any job completely and so they will always be Jack of all trades and master of none.

There is a negative meaning to this proverb in which the moss is considered as an unwanted negative growth which is to be avoided. The moss represents the dirt collected in the mind when it is as rest. An idle mind is the devil’s workshop because as the mind is at rest it things many bad things and so it causes many problems and so a man who keeps on working will not collect any dirt in his mind. A working brain will be fully engaged with its work and so it will not do any destructive work. So we should not stumble from one to another to attain success and fame and name and should not be fickle minded.

A rolling stone gathers no moss.


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