The analogy of a frozen snowball

Ever, during one of your walks, kicked a stone/twig/pine-cone around along your route for fun? You know, like play football but with a stone or something and not a real ball.  Come on…don’t tell me you haven’t. It’s only one of the most jolly cheery things to do. I play this little game most of the evenings on my walk back home. Like today…but only that this evening it was with a frozen snowball.

So…I kicked the snowball, it rolled a few steps forward and halted, I reached its destination and kicked it again and kept repeating the cycle for a while…like I always do. With time, the snowball started to reduce in size, but it also kept going only to reach farther with every kick without losing any zest. And at one point, I got bored of kicking around something that didn’t totally break even after so much damage and moved on to continue the game with something else.

This got me to thinking and I realized something…

All of us put on the mask of strength and fight so many battles each and every day. Sometimes we win, sometimes we give in, we lose. Problems are no stranger to any of us. But the key to winning over any trouble is in understanding that giving up is not a solution, no matter what.

Think about it this way…the problems, the troubles that we face are like the kicks that the snowball had to withstand. Our spirit, our hopes are like the snowball. Even after so many kicks that it received, the snowball wasn’t ready to give up. It just worked harder and kept itself together. And I, the trouble, gave up after some point because I didn’t feel there was any fun left in kicking around something that was so stubborn not to let go of its wish to succeed…I moved on to another one – one which looked weaker, one which I thought would break after a kick or two.

Life is just like that. Trouble does let go of the stubborn heart. Because there’s nothing much that the Trouble can look forward in souls that don’t give up. It gets boring for the Trouble because it doesn’t see a scope for success. When you give up, the Trouble wins. And who doesn’t like to win? So, at some point, if Trouble doesn’t see any progress in its way to diminishing your drive and dampening your spirits, then it moves on to bother someone else. Trouble let’s go if it comes face to face with undying hope. It might take a lot of time for Trouble to realize the power of your hope, but it’s worth the wait.

Hope is the key to win over any Trouble. That’s how I see it. How about you?

  1. #1 by Matt Parker on January 21, 2010 - 8:59 pm

    Wow ! That was fast after the fire alarm !

    yeah.. 😀 wrote it before the alarm…published after.

    and yay on being are back 😀


    • #2 by Matt Parker on January 21, 2010 - 9:08 pm

      When was I away ? :mrgreen:

      Alright let me see ….

      PB : I have an excuse,I was at work ! 😛

      Nu : Grrr “Mattie” 😛

      BM : We need a change ! 😛

      Revs : *** waves white flag ****

      ROFL Matt… 😆 😆 I’m seriously laughing like crazy reading this comment 😆


      • #3 by revsjoiedevivre on January 22, 2010 - 4:08 am

        LOL! I thought I’d do something different in life for a change and slept Matt 😀 So I was fast asleep when she published this post.



      • #4 by Nu on January 22, 2010 - 4:45 am

        LOL Mattie…your imagination converted my grrr into LOL !!



      • #5 by BlueMist on January 22, 2010 - 5:29 am

        ROFL. and we have a change now 😉

        Welcome back Mr. Parker. 😛

        😆 Matt is wonderful, isn’t he? 😛 (Amy style)


    • #6 by Psych Babbler on January 21, 2010 - 9:12 pm

      You were supposed to be asleep! Liar! 😛

      By the way…what fire alarm?


      there was a fire alarm here in our bldg…so had to step out for a while..i wrote the post before the alarm and published it after coming back 😀


      • #7 by Nu on January 22, 2010 - 4:45 am

        ooh ma fire alarm ? All was and is well now ?

        yeah it was in some apartment in our bldg…not ours….so all is well 😀


  2. #8 by Psych Babbler on January 21, 2010 - 8:59 pm


    no m’am 🙂


  3. #9 by Matt Parker on January 21, 2010 - 9:07 pm

    WOW !! Feels like this post is targeted at me !! 😛

    Makes perfect sense. Anything special or just a random note ?

    why does it feel so? what are you giving up on?

    nothing i said, the snowball thing happened in the evening on my walk back home and it made me realize about hope and thus the post 🙂


    • #10 by Matt Parker on January 21, 2010 - 9:21 pm

      A lot of things ! I gave up a lot of things …
      But i need to try harder.After all,as you said,hope is the key to win over any trouble 😀 😀

      yes it is :)…so keep up the hopes and don’t give up any more 🙂


    • #11 by Nu on January 22, 2010 - 4:46 am

      it’s like the intelligent just needs the hint…and you seem to have got the hint 😉



  4. #12 by Psych Babbler on January 21, 2010 - 9:11 pm

    That’s a very insightful post I must say. Liked the analogy. And yes, I have played football with stones…except they were more in India than here. 🙂 Can I ask though…given I’ve never seen snow…if you kick a snowball around in snow…shouldn’t it get bigger??? :/ Just wondering…

    well, everything has frozen into ice in the past couple of days…slippery roads, scares me every minute as to when i wd fall..anyway, i digress…so the snowballs that have formed are not the soft, fluffy ones anymore, it’s more like light ice balls :D…


    • #13 by Psych Babbler on January 21, 2010 - 9:33 pm

      Ah ok! Geez…must be scary with icy roads and stuff…how in the world do you guys drive? I’m scared enough driving in the rain…can only imagine what it would be like on ice!

      the walkways are icy..don’t know abt the roads, they usually clean those, so it’s not too bad :D…


  5. #14 by G on January 21, 2010 - 10:43 pm

    Getting all philosophical eh T. 🙂

    I play that game all the while btw, but with stones, no snow back here in India.

    lol yeah :D…it’s a fun game, no? 😀


  6. #15 by G on January 21, 2010 - 10:46 pm

    Infact I remembered something ridiculous that had happened when I was small… once I had brought home a stone and kept it on my desk for many days, just because it went with me right from my swimming pool to home. (The pool was some 2 km away) Usually the stones would go in the gutter or get lost, but this one followed my kicks and came home with me all the way ..

    😀 aww..that’s nice :D…i don’t think i’ve ever had one that has accompanied me all along :D..shud focus more here on and try to bring one all the way 😀


    • #16 by Nu on January 22, 2010 - 4:47 am

      what all girls focus on …nothing but stones ! Ahhh 😉



  7. #17 by comfortablynam on January 22, 2010 - 12:07 am

    Bravo…wonderful analogy T..we truly need to be like that snowball..and I believe we all one way or the other..that’s what gives us the strength to go on when things are tough..

    yupe…we all are, true 🙂


  8. #18 by viswajithkn on January 22, 2010 - 12:41 am

    is it hope alone or hope and persistence? 😛 if it is hope alone that is the key to winning a battle then i disagree.

    hope and persistence go hand in hand…just hoping for something to happen doesn’t make it happen….so when i say hope, i mean think positive about the outcome you want, put in all the efforts and be persistent 🙂 ..don’t give up


    • #19 by viswajithkn on January 22, 2010 - 11:51 pm

      hmm…i knew…was just kidding. how can an argument/analogy u put forth be flawed? 😛



  9. #20 by chatterbox on January 22, 2010 - 12:51 am

    WoW! that was a wonderful insight T 😀

    I loved the way you gave something so casual the garb of inspiration for all us.

    In my case, I am quite ductile, when pressure beats me I do try to adjust without breaking, but you see I am not as ductile as gold yet that’s why pressures at times do make me quit. Though I have grown in resilience over the years, but still I need to do fair bit of work on it 🙂

    Though I totally agree with your inspiring thought, that the wait for the troubles to give up n us is worth it.

    Keep writing 😀


    everyone gives us every once in a while, CB…but then learning from the failed attempt is also a good lesson…so there’s always a positive side to take out of any situation 🙂


  10. #21 by Swaram on January 22, 2010 - 1:12 am

    Oh my! U r awesome T 🙂 Loved the analogy 🙂
    Reminds me of those childhood days when Mom used to tell me that looking @ any wound again and again will make it think I like it and it will nt go away ; if I ignore and be happy, it will leave me thinking that I don’t enjoy its company 😛 😛 😛

    aahhh, nice :)…hearing that for the first time 😀 thanks for sharing swaram 🙂


  11. #22 by Makk on January 22, 2010 - 1:14 am

    Some times, some where, some how..

    Problems read your post and then what if they take it seriously??


    LOL 😆 let’s hope it doesn’t 😛



    • #23 by BlueMist on January 23, 2010 - 3:22 am

      What a lovely DP. Lurvvved it 🙂



  12. #24 by soin on January 22, 2010 - 4:46 am

    stone football,happens every time.and hell out of every small thing you people can draw analogies.too much



  13. #25 by Nu on January 22, 2010 - 4:49 am

    BTW on serious noted…yes you are right ! your problems are not bigger than you !!

    And yes !! Me too do this stone aka pebble aka something kick play 🙂

    yupe, problem is’s all about our attitude towards it…

    😀 nice game, no? 😀


  14. #26 by krags on January 22, 2010 - 5:32 am

    Very True. Almost everything about nature reflects something useful. Was once thinking of having a seperate blog for these alone – i sometimes read too much outta nature 🙂 …
    Btw , when we never give up , the mind thinks of ways to achieve the goal rather than worrying about the outcome. Hence a better and a positive focus results :).
    Just gotta make sure not to use this on smaller things – else , life gets too mechanical – in the sense , it becoems only about achieving goals rather than living through it.
    at least, that is the way i ve come to look at things 🙂 …

    hey, you shud start writing about it then..i wud love to read your take on things like this 🙂

    yes, i agree…fighting harder against every obstacle only means we are one step closer to the goal…

    and yes, losing is fun too something…but i was just saying in the greater scheme of things…the goals that you are dying to achieve…in the things that matter most to you, don’t give up too easily 🙂



  15. #27 by BlueMist on January 22, 2010 - 5:34 am

    T maata ki jai ho. 😛

    Your booking in Himalayas is finalized now. Just beside mine. 😀 😀

    Trouble and Titaxy….they sound so similar. 😉 😉 😀 😀

    😆 i told you i was ready :P…let’s go BM :D…

    rofl @ Trouble and Titaxy…do they really sound similar? oh well,maybe that’s why dad used to call me that :P..he sensed the trouble the minute i was born, probably 😛


    • #28 by BlueMist on January 25, 2010 - 11:09 am

      Naah I just meant both start with “T”. 😉 😉 😀 😀
      Parents know dealing with troubles ; “troubles” being the piece of same old log et al. 😛 😀 😀

      😀 😀


  16. #29 by BlueMist on January 22, 2010 - 5:37 am

    Just that sometimes; for a change things should fall in place on their own without any kick boxing. Every single time analyzing and thinking that there is something better reason behind it tires me.

    I know this is just not me. In the very next moment I bounce back and start finding that ray of hope. Just like that. I am completely hopeless when it comes to give up on hope. 😀 😀

    of course…variety is the spice of life…as i said in one other comment (reply to krags) – sometimes it’s ok to lose to trouble too 😛 just in the matters that means the most to you, that you want to see yourself succeed, you need to hang on to the hope :D…


    • #30 by BlueMist on January 25, 2010 - 11:11 am

      Aiyyo variety of problems don’t add spice to life. 😀 😀

      😆 if you have the same kind of problem over and over, then what’s the fun / challenge in it? there should be variety, no? 😆


      • #31 by BlueMist on January 25, 2010 - 11:35 am

        ROFL Same kind of problems over and over ? Any example ? 😀 😀 😀
        It is like kicking same snow ball daily eh ? 😆

        can’t think of anything right away..but it can be true 😛

        kicking the same snowball – rofl..maybe :D…if no one else tried to kill it sometime in between 😀


      • #32 by BlueMist on January 25, 2010 - 11:44 am

        Wish that holds true for problems as well. Like you kick today and leave it. You go tomorrow to kick the same problem and someone else is already kicked it off. 😀 😀

        lol….sounds like life would be so much simpler that way 😀


  17. #33 by celestialrays on January 22, 2010 - 5:57 am

    kick my troublesa? Ok I am walking towards my manager 😛 😀
    Jokes apart, wonderful post T. Just the thing I needed to kick start my day!

    rofl, divz….you have the right thing to say to put a smile on face that will stay all day long :D…so did you kick your trouble today? 😉


    • #34 by celestialrays on January 23, 2010 - 9:53 am

      ohh I wanted to but it ran away… to a meeting 😀

      lol…don’t let it time you see it, do some kicking 😉


      • #35 by kragsr on January 23, 2010 - 11:57 am

        outta curiosity again , divz , can your rays reach my office too 😛 ? i mean , after these kinda posts of T , you might consider some social service too …
        I will surely call you “the IT footy trouble’s trouble girl” , if you can help me too in “kicking the troubles” 😀 … what say ?
        p.s. : let us forget “Trouble and Titaxy….they sound so similar” from BM for teh time being … as we all need for further insights outta kicking stones 😀 ….

        😀 😀


      • #36 by celestialrays on January 25, 2010 - 12:11 pm

        @kragsr – ohhh i would love my rays to reach your office! whom do you want kicked? 😀



  18. #37 by Elegant Chic on January 22, 2010 - 6:42 am

    When the world says, “Give up!”,
    Hope whispers, “Try it one more time.” 🙂

    exactly! 🙂 Thanks EC


  19. #38 by rayshma on January 22, 2010 - 8:27 am

    hmm… thought-provoking, this is.
    hadn’t looked at it this way… but i guess, it does make sense.



  20. #39 by sayamaya on January 22, 2010 - 8:34 am

    I dont know.. Sometimes.. I dont think Trouble has a conscience.. or any agenda.. it is like the random lightning that strikes where it strikes.

    it strikes randomly, sure..but it’s on us to decide whether or not to fight it..and that’s where hope comes in…you fight the trouble, be hopeful, put in the efforts and in time you will win. 🙂


  21. #40 by SG on January 23, 2010 - 3:22 pm

    Nice one. I would say hope and confidence in myself.

    🙂 yupe 🙂


  22. #41 by heavealie on January 23, 2010 - 10:52 pm

    every word was so true in your post.hope is a strong word and can provide you with that strength.and yup i have kicked things while walking millions of times and also invented a new game where you cannot step on that includes trees,people walking and even cars moving past you haha you cannot step on their shadows you wil hav to jump lol yes its weird but fun to play.and yeah excellent post really liked your example of a of my fav quotes “having dreams is what makes life tolerable”.well written and keep writing!!

    lol…nice game…will try sometime :D…thank you for sharing 🙂

    and yes, that quote makes so much sense…

    thank you!


  23. #42 by Reema on January 24, 2010 - 11:14 am

    Hope is the most imp thing!



  24. #43 by Pixie on January 25, 2010 - 8:06 am

    I agree…
    Hope and Faith in self and trust that one WILL get over trouble…

    yupe 😀


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