on giving up…

This is an email sent by my colleague… 

THE FERN AND THE BAMBOO

One day I decided to quit….

I went to the woods to have one last talk with God.

“God”, I said. “Can you give me one good reason not to quit?”

His answer surprised me…

“Look around”, He said. “Do you see the fern and the bamboo?”

“Yes”, I replied.

“When I planted the fern and the bamboo seeds, I took very good care of
them.
I gave them light. I gave them water.

The fern quickly grew from the earth. Its brilliant green covered the
floor.
Yet nothing came from the bamboo seed.
But I did not quit on the bamboo.

In the second year the Fern grew more vibrant and plentiful.
And again, nothing came from
the bamboo seed.
But I did not quit on the bamboo”.

He said. “In the third year, there was still nothing from the bamboo seed.
But I would not quit.

In the fourth year, again, there was nothing from the bamboo seed.
I would not quit.”

He said. “Then in the fifth year a tiny sprout emerged from the earth.
Compared to the fern it was seemingly small and insignificant.

But just 6 months later the bamboo rose to over 100
feet tall.

It had spent the five years growing roots. Those roots
made it strong and gave it what it needed to survive.
I would not give any of my creations a challenge it could not handle.”

He said to me. “Did you know, my child, that all this
time you have been struggling, you have actually been growing roots. I
would not quit on the bamboo.
I will never quit on you. Don’t compare yourself to others.”

He said. “The bamboo had a different purpose than the
fern, yet, they both
make the forest beautiful.”

“Your time will come, “God said to me.” You will rise high!”

“How high should I rise?” I asked.

“How high will the bamboo rise?” He asked in return.

“As high as it can?” I questioned.

“Yes.” He said, “Give me glory by rising as high as you can.”

I left the forest and brought back this story.
I hope these words can help you see that God will never give up on
you……..

Never regret a day in your life.

Good days give you Happiness.

Bad days give you Experiences.

Both are essential to life.

Keep going…

Happiness keeps you Sweet,

Trials keep you Strong,

Sorrows keep you Human,

Failures keep you Humble,

Success keeps You Glowing,

But Only God keeps You Going!

1 Comment »

  1. David Said:

    Alam mo, it’s very, very, very easy to quit. But…what are you going to give up on?

    If you want to give up life, madali lang ‘yan. But is that what you really want to do if you do want your life to improve?

    The choice is yours. 🙂


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