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Two Trees: Mr Oak And Mr Bamboo

"Two Trees: Mr. Oak And Mr. Bamboo" A terrible wind storm was approaching and blowing everything out of it's path! NOTHING....not one thing at all, could withstand it's awesome wrath! Two trees saw this storm coming! YES!....it was coming their way! One was Mr. Oak, the other Mr. Bamboo and very different things did they say! * (Oh yeah, by the way, these two trees could talk!) Now Mr. Oak tree was strong and mighty and was so solidly planted. When in the distance he saw the wind storm, Oh!...he raved and he ranted! "I am a mighty oak tree and I'll neither budge nor move, what does this wind storm think it is, it's power I will disprove!" "I don't move for any reason, and couldn't care less what that reason is! I am the mighty oak tree and move in a breeze!!!...What madness is this???" My stubbornness will see me through and when all is said and done, I will still be standing right here, Mr. Bamboo, with this battle won!" Mr. Bamboo looked too in the distance and he just so simply smiled. It was as though he hadn't a care in the world, though the wind storm was away less than a mile! Mr. Bamboo looked at Mr. Oak and said quite philosophically, "You know, sometimes bending even a little bit can help with flexibility!" "See I do bend rather than resist and I come back stronger each time! This helps me to avoid becoming stiff, even well into my prime!" Mr. Oak glared hard at Mr. Bamboo and said "I don't bend for ANYONE! When that wind storm gets here, I'll show it who's the boss, and this will be over and done!" The wind storm arrived with great intensity and everything was blown to and fro! Mr. Bamboo was yielding and bending, Mr. Oak was shouting "NO!.. NO!!... NO!!!" Mr. Bamboo was bent so far down, he was literally kissing the ground! He then heard a "SNAP!", a "CRACKLE!" and a "CRASH!" and Mr. Oak tree then fell down! The wind storm moved on and the worst was over, the clouds blew away and the sun came out! Mr. Bamboo started rising up slowly, he moved as if he was a young sprout! Mr. Bamboo looked over at Mr. Oak, who was clearly broken in half! He was lying on the ground splintered and shaken, the ultimate price paid in the storm's aftermath! "I don't understand what happened!" Mr. Oak said, "I was so mighty and strong!" "Nothing!...NOTHING could move me! Why did this go so wrong?" Mr. Bamboo was empathetic and looking for the right words to say! He sighed, looked at Mr. Oak, and this reply he did give that day.... "Yes, you were so strong and mighty and determined to stand your ground, but there are some forces of Nature that will dumbfound and truly astound!" "I tried to tell you about yielding, which is the natural way! Yes, you will bend and be bowed down, but you'll spring back stronger and stay!" So I wish you the best in your new life, where you will be surely stable, and you will most definitely stand sturdy and strong, as a new oak dining room table!" WTA-IV 3/24/2016

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Date: 7/24/2019 4:20:00 PM
We all need to read this... Ann :)
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Date: 7/22/2019 10:36:00 AM
A lesson on life's portal. I love it, and I yield to you. Congrats to you.
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Date: 3/24/2016 6:20:00 PM
not only a personification, but like a fable or allegory. I really liked this. So creative,Walter.
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Walter T. Ashe
Date: 3/24/2016 6:46:00 PM
Andrea, Thank you very much! The inspiration to be creative comes a great deal from the gifted writers on this site, yourself very much included! Yielding does overcome rigidity every time! Thank you! The BEST day to you!
Date: 3/24/2016 1:55:00 PM
Great parable Walter, well done. I bend in reverence to your wind blown skills...
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Walter T. Ashe
Date: 3/24/2016 3:25:00 PM
Charlie, Thank You Sir! We do live and learn!
Date: 3/24/2016 1:35:00 PM
Wonderful Walter....if you bend you wont break and in yielding their is power.
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Walter T. Ashe
Date: 3/24/2016 3:27:00 PM
Tim, exactly!!!! Stay "Bamboo" my Friend!
Date: 3/24/2016 1:03:00 PM
Good day to you Christine! No truer words have been said as you stated...we must know when for each...Mr. Oak didn't! :-) Thank you and have the BEST day today!
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Date: 3/24/2016 12:47:00 PM
Yes sometimes someone's stubbornness and pride can be their downfall. Just have to learn when to be stubborn and when to bend. Really enjoyed reading this!
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Walter T. Ashe
Date: 3/24/2016 1:04:00 PM
Christine, the above comment was for you, I put it in the wrong spot! :-0...:-)