The paper boat that wouldn’t sail
The little boy placed the origami-paper boat into the lake and waited eagerly. In his mind, the little boat’s voyage would be tremendous. It would set sail immediately once its surface hit the water and would skid across the lake as if motor-powered.
He waited, but nothing happened.
There was no wind that day and that didn’t help.
He gave it a couple of minutes. Still nothing.
He then poked it a little with his finger. Maybe it just needed a prodding to get going.
Still nothing. The boat remained still, firm in place exactly where he had strategically positioned it at the edge of the lake.
He tried blowing at it, but that didn’t seem to work either.
He looked at the boat perplexed. What was going wrong? The water was calm, ideal, in his opinion, for a smooth sail. The weather was perfect – no clouds, sunny with a very faint breeze. The boat was masterly crafted, having calculated all the angles at which the boat would achieve optimum sailing conditions. Yet nothing seemed to work.
The more the boy pushed and spurred the boat, the more it crumpled and sunk in the water. It still did not achieve its purpose though.
The boy despaired and gave up trying.
Then something happened. The faint breeze transformed into a gentle wind that softly pulled the paper boat inwards, giving it the stimulus it needed to start its sail.
The boy leaped with joy, clapping his hands.
Sometimes, you just need to relax, let things take their course and have some patience that it will all work out in the end. Not everything needs pressure or force to function. Often all it takes is some breathing space.
Also part of Daily Prompt: Perplexed