Be like bamboo

Qualities of bamboo for everyday life

Some quotes that have inspired us!

Study the teachings of the pine tree, the bamboo, and the plum blossom. The pine is evergreen, firmly rooted, and venerable. The bamboo is strong, resilient, unbreakable. The plum blossom is hardy, fragrant, and elegant.

– Morihei Ueshiba, Aikido Master

My mother always says, “The bamboo that bends is stronger than the oak.” I can be very focused and determined. But, I can also be very stubborn. Be flexible be nuanced.

– Sarah Lafleur

Notice that the stiffest tree is most easily cracked, while the bamboo or willow survives by bending with the wind.

– Bruce Lee

A garden is to be enjoyed and should satisfy the mind and not only the eye of the beholder.
Sounds such as the rustle of bamboo and the dripping of water, scents, and sensations such as grass or gravel or stone underfoot, appeal to the emotions and play a part in the total impression.

– Penelope Hobhouse

The human capacity for burden is like bamboo- far more flexible than you’d ever believe at first glance.

– Jodi Picoult

And here are some inspiring quotes and metaphors taken from taoist and zen philosophy that can be applied to everyday life. For more see the thought provoking TEDX video from Garr Reynolds below.

  • Bend but don’t break. Be flexible yet firmly rooted.
  • Remember: What looks weak is strong.
  • Be always ready.
  • Unleash your power to spring back.
  • Find wisdom in emptiness.
  • Commit to (continuous) growth.
  • Express usefulness through simplicity.


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