Friday, April 12, 2013

K is for . . . Knowing

Image courtesy: Raj Manchekar
It's time to fly high with K for kite. It is amazing how a single sheet of paper, quadrilateral in shape, fixed upon a thin wooden frame and tied down with a really, long string coated with powdered glass, has the potential to fly so high. You would think that the kite's appearance would go against it, that it would be too thin, too weak to hold its own against heavy winds, not to mention other spiteful kite owners who hope to cut it off in mid-flight.

But it is precisely the fact that its moorings are held firmly in the hands of the flyer, that it can afford to go out there without a care in the world.

The K that your mamma would like to bring to your notice is quite similar. It is K for Knowing, or more appropriately, the seeking to know.

Because you are near the starting point of the learning race at school, I remind you to keep learning and absorbing all they teach you at school. But don't let your learning be limited to words ending in -ology. There are many things worth knowing that cannot be taught. 

Know more about a new hobby, a new interest. Know about what is happening around you, good as well as ill, know more about how you can contribute to make more good and less ill happen.

Keep seeking to know more, for it is only when you follow your thirst for knowing that you realise how much there is to know and how little is all your learning and knowledge. That feeling of coming up short is the beginning of wisdom. 

Nurture it. Cherish it. It will keep you grounded. Like the kite which, even as it soars high up in the sky, is tied down in safe hands.

There is much to be known and learned on earth. As long as you keep learning, those synapses in your brain will keep buzzing to life. The brain is a muscle that atrophies if left unused, and grows remarkably if stimulated.

I'm not too enamoured with knowledge. So long as we seek to know, there seems to be a thirst for more, a hunger to learn. 

Knowledge has connotations of a thirst shelved, too full of itself to think it needs to be filled. Unlike knowing, which is always in the present tense, always willing to replenish itself,  Knowledge seems to be sitting on the ledge, unwilling to make the leap, and consequently unable to discover anything new on its way down.

My wish for you is that you may seek to know something good every day of your lives. Ask new questions and seek newer answers. Pay attention always, and be alert for something new that you can know. Because in the end, what  you know is one thing no one can take away from you. 

Keep flying high, my babies. Hasta la vista.


  1. there's a song . . "Let's go fly a kite - up to the highest heights - up to the atmosphere - up where the air is clear . . . "
    Knowledge and Kite Flying - they have a lot in common, yes?
    Happy A to Z!

  2. That was an Epiphany nonetheless :-) You changed the way I would look at kites :-) Did I tell you, I keep waiting for your post each day? I'll miss this series once the challenge is done :-(

  3. I love the analogy of the kite in safe hands. Like Laxmi, I too look forward to your posts each day.

  4. :) You know this word knowing was not so important a few years back... but ever since the lil one in our house started reading books Did you know is the question we encounter the most most most !!!

    Did you know an Ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain !???!!!
    Do you know what do you call a baby porcupine ??
    Did you know you can predict sex of a crocodile nest just by measuring the temperature of it !!!!

    Yes I know all these and keep learning as junior keeps reading books and improves my knowing :D

  5. The more I learn, the less I know.....What a wonderful post girl, yet again. And I am with Laxmi. I will miss your series too! You wanna think of Season 2?

  6. "Knowledge seems to be sitting on the ledge, unwilling to make the leap, and consequently unable to discover anything new on its way down." How very true - and how challenging for us all!

  7. Beautifully said, as usual!! :)

  8. am amazed by these daily posts !
    I agree with Vinita . Would love to see more of this
    The more I "KNOW" the more I feel good

  9. The last para about Knowledge and knowing so true !

  10. I love flying kites. My K is about Kites too !! Great mind think alike as they say


  11. Lovely post. We used to make our own kites with newspapers when we were young :)

  12. Such a cute post. I've been enjoying all of these.

    #atozchallenge, Kristen's blog:

  13. Such a positive post! Was a total pleasure to read. Thank you for sharing, and instilling in me the desire to go run with a kite.

    John at The Bathroom Monologues

  14. SO much wisdom, so much positivism. Thanks Cynthia :) I love flying kites, knowing that you can control them to an extent is such a powerful feeling!

  15. Positiveness at its peak. I love kites but till date never got a chance to fly one.

    -Fellow blogger from A to Z!



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