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Quote of the day : “Bend like the willow, don’t resist like an oak”

“You can either bend with the inevitable sleetstorms of life – or you can resist them and break!”

“I saw that happen on a farm I own in Missouri. I planted a score of trees on that farm. At first, they grew with astonishing rapidity. Then a sleetstorm encrusted each twig and branch with a heavy coating of ice. Instead of bowing gracefully to their burden, these trees proudly resisted and broke and split under the load – and had to be destroyed. They hadn’t learned the wisdom of the forests of the North. I have traveled hundreds of miles through the evergreen forests of Canada, yet I have never seen a spruce or a pine broken by sleet or ice. These evergreen forests know how to bend, how to bow down their branches, how to co-operate with the inevitable. “

“The masters of jujitsu teach their pupils to “bend like the willow; don’t resist like the oak.”

“Why do you think your automobile tires stand up on the road and take so much punishment? At first, the tire manufacturers tried to make a tire that would resist the shocks of the road. It was soon cut to ribbons. Then they made a tire that would absorb the shocks of the road. That tire could “take it”. You and I will last longer, and enjoy smoothing riding, if we learn to absorb the shocks and jolts along the rocky road of life.”

“What will happen to you and me if we resist the shocks of life instead of absorbing them? What will happen if we refuse to “bend like the willow” and insist on resisting like the oak? The answer is easy. We will set up a series of inner conflicts. We will be worried, tense, strained, and neurotic.”

“If we go still further and reject the harsh world of reality and retreat into a dream world in our own making, we will then be insane.”

“Outside the crucifixion of Jesus, the most famous death scene in all history was the death of Socrates. Ten thousand centuries from now, men will still be reading and cherishing Plato’s immortal description of it – one of the most moving and beautiful passages in all literature. Certain men of Athens – jealous and envious of old barefooted Socrates – trumped up charges against him and had him tried and condemned to death. When the friendly jailer gave Socrates the poison cup to drink, the jailer said:” Try to bear lightly what needs must be.” Socrates did. He faced death with a calmness and resignation that touched the hem of divinity.”

( By Dale Carnegie, “How To Stop Worrying and Start Living“)

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