Meaning of “A Rolling Stone Gathers No Moss”
This proverb ‘A rolling stone gathers no moss’ is a very famous proverb which essentially means that a frivolous person does not gain anything in life. One needs to settle down in life, to focus on a career path so as to master in it. Nobody can do all the tasks at once.
I mean, yeah, multitasking is important but it should be done in a way so as to enhance your career prospects in the field you want to excel in. No person has the power to juggle many careers at once without failing in any one of them. For stability in life, one needs to work upon the career path he has chosen.
If he keeps on frivolously moving from one career to another, he will end up in a failure; without any skills, without any stability, without any savings. His unstable perspective does not allow him to settle down. This also causes harm to his relationships and commitments.
Without commitments in personal and professional life, a person usually ends up alone without any life to interpersonal relationships and a stuck up professional life. It forces them to settle for something they don’t clearly want in life.
Social satisfaction goes down the drain with no person job to hold no for support. All your loved ones have you due to your incapacity of commitment. Their family get’s disheartened due to these unwanted faults in their commitment.
One should be level-headed and one-minded as to what path to choose in life and excel in. A master of one trade is always better that the jack of all trades for he learns to concerntrate and synchronizes his energies on one single task. This provides him crystal clear clarity on the subject matter of the project under progress or about to be undertaken.
The rolling stone talked about in the proverb is the referral to a wanderer who cannot settle in one place. This way they are not able to adopt a lifestyle or a job. They are classified as vulnerable unproductive due to this. The mosses and lichen need a stable rock, crack or crevice for their society to thrive and prosper.
But a rolling stone has no definite path. It moves at its own place and is actually unstoppable when it ticks off the path. But the stone is aimless just like an unambitious human being is. These should be a motto in everybody’s life; the motto which they live for. Without ambitions one can reach nowhere in life. A ladder of success can be climbed but only when we have the full knowledge as to which rung we should step onto.
So as to reach the top of the ladder, one should be well aware of which rungs to not step on. This proverb warns us of the unstable mindset who changes his heart easily and for more selfish motives, swipes his professions like dates on tinder. Sure, there will be mistakes along the path.
But failures help you to gain experience. They teach you remedial measures to your mistakes. But sticking to a job will help you perfect it when you learn the tricks of trade with time.
Failures are only pillars to success. Feeling discouraged or emotionally demotivated due to a mistake or a less is not feasible. One should tackle his problems bravely. You should always remember the roots where you come from. Without roots intact, the tree can never grow fully.
A person should have a knack for guessing out how the future situations shall play out. This gives them some vision beforehand before playing out their cards. Not to forget, one should always follow his heart no matter what. One should never be deaf to the calling of one’s heart.
He should listen to his inner calling and help those passions in a fully developed plan so as to achieve what they want. There are many people who jumped from rags to riches by following the correct path they are actually made for with dedication and hard work.
Inspiring stories like that of Rajnikanth, Akshay Kumar and M.S. Dhoni are plenty to choose from. Learn to stay away from the herd and walk alone. For the road not taken by others is the most unexplored and untrampled on. You can, by the virtue of your ideas, scale mountains and tackle any problem to reach the pinnacle.
Origin of this proverb
This proverb’s development is credited to Probitius Syrus who states in his saying that ‘People, who are always moving with no roots in place or another, avoid responsibilities and cares’.
It is indirectly towards nomads. This proverb was first time featured in John Heywood’s collection of proverb in 1546. According to the theories hypothetical by Proverb dictionary of Phrase and Fable names Erasmus as the host of this proverb in 1508.
Sticking up for the career you desire to follow inculcates specialization in your character for the job. Your efficiency comes up to the surface and you learn to transact accurately. Striking examples of poets, artisans, musicians come up when we think of this proverb.
They devoted all their life to perfecting their skills and still some do not gain fame and attention. But they work for their passion. Own up to your position. Do not disgrace it. Constant change is the waste of money and time; none of which is unlimited to any human.
Lastly I would like to conclude with fact that every coin has two faces. Though we should remain at one place to conquer success but if we got the better opportunities, then the costs of living the native place can be neglected.
But a stable mindset and foresightedness of vision should be taken well into consideration before taking such a step. The stability, power, experience and knowledge one gains by remaining loyal to the profession he loves suffice to complete on individual’s social and professional satisfaction.