In the early days of my professional life, as a young clinical officer working for a private hospital, I had a funny experience. The hospital had a doctor’s resting room, where we could catch a quick nap during night calls. The room was pretty cosy and had this wonderful air-conditioning unit that would hum ever so softly as it cooled both body and nerves (I hated night call duty so much).
Unfortunately for me, a cockerel also loved this air-conditioner, that is the warm section outside the room. So every night he would cuddle there. Not that I cared. But as my nerve-racked self sought some respite from my slavish conditions, some time between 3 – 4 am, this Mister began to crow. And believe me, crow he could. The first day it happened, I woke up with my heart pounding, because of the amplitude of the sound (this cockerel was pretty big), and this was made worse by the close proximity of the head of my bed to the air-conditioner. When I realized what was actually making the awful racket, I ran outside to confront my tormentor. I found the huge bird perched on the rail of the air-conditioning unit and promptly chased him off with a whack from my slipper.
Feeling pretty good with myself, I returned to my chambers to continue my dream from where it was so rudely interrupted by the feathered fiend.
Then, “Cock-doodle-doooo!” it happened again, only, this time around, it was much louder (apparently he was just tuning up when he woke me up the first time). I ran out again. WHACK!!!
Suffice to say, I didn’t get to sleep again that morning. Neither did I the next time I was on night duty. My only saving grace, I presume, must have been when the owner of Mr. Cock required his presence for dinner…
As I thought about this incident, this is what came to my mind: Every creature (including humans) is made for a purpose. Your purpose is defined by your potential. Your potential is expressed in your assignment, your passion. Your passion may be attacked but it cannot be extinguished by external threats, as long as there is still breath in you.