Adventures in Achieving the Impossible: A Man Single-Handedly Plants a Forest

The longer I live, the more I realize that other than defying the laws of physics, there really isn’t anything that can be considered “impossible” anymore. Case in point is the story of Jadav Payeng, an Indian man who, thirty years ago, took a piece of barren land and decided to turn it into a forest. Although most people would call this task impossible, clearly Jadav didn’t think it was impossible: and it turns out he was right.

Why Create a Forest?

While living in the Indian region of Assam, 16 year-old Jadav Payeng witnessed a group of snakes that had been washed onto a nearby sandbar by a flood and left to die. The lack of tree cover stuck out to Jadav, and right then and there he decided to plant some trees to revitalize the ecosystem. Despite being told by numerous people that it was impossible to grow anything on the ragged sandbar, Jadav decided to make a radical change in his life: he moved to the sandbar so he could personally tend to the trees and shrubs he planted. Incredibly enough, Jadav stayed on the sandbar, slowly turning the area into a lush forest.

Finally, He Receives Recognition

30 years have passed since Jadav Payeng moved to that barren sandbar, and since then the environment has transformed completely. However, it’s not a miracle: just a dedicated person making an extreme change in their life to make a positive change for the world! After decades of anonymity, the media as well as the Indian government has finally shined a light on the good that Jadav is doing. One incredible story involves the wildlife that has moved into his forest: five endangered tigers have moved in, with one recently giving birth to cubs. Recently, India’s Assistant Conservator of Forests has decided to lend support in up-keeping and expanding Jadav’s forest.

The amount of dedication and sacrifice involved in a life story like this is unimaginable, but it goes to show that there’s no stopping some people from changing the world.

My name is Jessica Cox, and more than anything I want to help people find ways to overcome their obstacles and leave a positive legacy behind them wherever they go. If you’d like me to share my story and inspire the attendees at your business or religious gathering, please please contact me here.