I am across an interesting legend, about the Cherokee tribal people. It is about a ritual that decides if a boy has come to his age and is ready to leave his boyhood and attain manhood.
It goes as follows:
Boy’s father takes him into the forest blindfolded and leaves him there all alone for a night.
He is required to sit on a stump(the bottom part of a tree left projecting from the ground after most of the trunk has fallen or been cut down.) the whole night.
He is also not allowed to take off the blindfold until the ray of sun shines through it. He is all by himself. He cannot cry out for help to anyone.
Once he survives the night,he is a MAN. He is then capable of handling all the pleasures and difficulties of being an adult man.
But, he must never disclose his experience to other boys, each boy must come into his manhood by passing his own test.
At first the boy was terrified, all he could hear was different kinds of deadly noises. Beasts were all around him. Maybe even some human or evil spirit would hurt him.
The wind blew the grass and earth and it shook his stump. But he sat stoically, never removing the blindfold. After all it was the only way he could be a man.
Finally, after a horrific night, it was dawn and the tiny sun rays pierced into his eyes through the folded cloth and that was the time when he removed his blindfold.
To great his great surprise, he saw his father sitting on the stump next to him watching him carefully for the entire night.
Story teaches us that, we are never truly alone. In difficult times, God is always with us, disguised as our parents, siblings, extended family or friends.
Even when we do not know about his presence still God is always watching out for us as the boy’s father did sitting on a stump beside us, bearing with us all the difficulties till the dawn of happiness arrives in our life.
Through this story, I would like to thank all the wonderful people in my life, who were, who are and who will always be with me through thick and thin. Love all of you. 🙂