Many of you may have heard of the book called, “My Little Prince”. It is a well known classic although most of us may not have read it. I’ve had a copy since I was a child, but I never got passed Chapter One because I was young and foolish back then. Recently though, thanks to Ramexabella, I decided to give the book another try.
Now I can say it’s my favourite fictional book.
This is a very bold statement considering how much I used to read.
It is so good that I am inspired to write about it. I want everyone else to read it.
What makes it so special?
There is so much depth and meaning. The words stay with me even after the book is closed. It’s about life, childhood, and mankind.
I don’t want to tell you what the story is about, but I want to share some of the lessons from the book.
Back in the little Prince’s planet, there were invisible seeds. Some were good, and some were bad. At first, everything looks alright. The baobabs (bad seeds) resemble the rosebushes (good seeds). Therefore, one must check regularly to see what is growing. As soon as a baobab can be recognized, it must be torn out. If you intervene too late, you will never get rid of it. Its roots will spread all over the planet and your planet can explode.
This may seem ridiculous, but it’s a matter of discipline. “Before they grow to such a size, baobabs start out by being small.”
The way I interpret this is that the baobab represents our negative thoughts. We’re constantly surrounded by negativity. We are not aware of the impact it can have on us if we allow it to grow. If we leave it, it can be indestructible.
Personally, I know some people who cannot see the good in anything. They are so negative that all they feel is hate, anger, and sadness. They have allowed their baobabs to multiply and it has consumed their world.
Lesson: It is important that we reflect on our actions and thoughts on a regular basis. If there is an issue that bothers or saddens you, deal with it immediately! Don’t wait.