Bend But Dont Break (Story)
Last Updated ( Saturday, 12 May 2012 )
One of my fondest memories
as a child is going by the river and sitting idly on the bank. There I would
enjoy the peace and quiet, watch the water rush downstream, and listen to the
chirps of birds and the rustling of leaves in the trees. I would also watch the
bamboo trees bend under pressure from the wind and watch them return gracefully
to their upright or original position after the wind had died down.
When I think about the bamboo tree's ability to bounce
back or return to it's original position, the word resilience comes to mind.
When used in reference to a person this word means the ability to readily
recover from shock, depression or any other situation that stretches the limits
of a person's emotions.
Have you ever felt like you are about to snap? Have you
ever felt like you are at your breaking point? Thankfully, you have survived the
experience to live to talk about it.
During the experience you probably felt a mix of emotions that threatened your
health. You felt emotionally drained, mentally exhausted and you most likely
endured unpleasant physical symptoms.
Life is a mixture of good times and bad times, happy
moments and unhappy moments. The next time you are experiencing one of those bad
times or unhappy moments that take you close to your breaking point, bend but
don't break. Try your best not to let the situation get the best of you.
A measure of hope will take you through the unpleasant
ordeal. With hope for a better tomorrow or a better situation, things may not be
as bad as they seem to be. The unpleasant ordeal may be easier to deal with if
the end result is worth having.
If the going gets tough and you are at your breaking point, show resilience.
Like the bamboo tree, bend, but don't break!