AESOP FABLES: “The Bamboo and the Mango Tree”
A lesson on humility and flexibility:
Mango Tree and Bamboo grew up together. One day, Mango Tree asked Bamboo:
Bamboo: “why are you so thin? Look at me. My trunk is big and strong.”
Mango: “I may be thin but I am not weak.”
“Are you sure you are not weak? Besides, what help do you give to people? You don’t bear fruit.”
“I may not bear fruit, but people love to eat my shoots.”
“You don’t give much shade. Look at me. People want to rest under my shade.”
Bamboo:“People use me in building their houses, bridges, and many things.”
“If they always do that, there will be nothing left of you.”
That night, a strong wind came. Mango Tree stood proudly against the wind. But Bamboo bent his head and bowed to the wind.
The storm stopped in the morning.The mango tree was rooted. But Bamboo was still standing.
This story reflects on the principles of humility and self awareness of one’s flaws. The unswaying proud mango tree which mocked the bamboo’s weaknesses ended up broken and uprooted because of its arrogance and unyielding attitude.The bamboo knew itself, particularly its faults and weaknesses, but in acknowledging and accepting them, it found itself standing tall and noble, able to spring back from adversity.
Sometimes we need to learn from the bamboo when life brings us storms and winds, instead of standing firm on our self righteousness and narrow views, opinions and convictions, perhaps becoming more flexible, open minded and humble. may help us to weather the storms and not crash and break down like the proud mango tree.
Just like the teachings in martial arts, instead of using all your might and strength to fight the enemy, to defend your points of view, be flexible and open minded , a bend-but-don’t-break attitude or go-with-the-natural-flow approach is one of the secrets for success dealing with the everyday vagaries of life.
Wisdom from Bruce Lee:
Notice that the stiffest tree is most easily cracked, while the bamboo or willow survives by bending with the wind.”
The happiest people in the world are flexible. They do not have rigid beliefs or try to control and manipulate their surroundings to make them happy.
“Simplicity is the key to brilliance.”
Simplify your life and eliminate the unnecessary. We as a society have been taught to consume and amass material possessions.
Luckily, we are starting to realize that this doesn’t work. Happiness comes from the inside, not from the outside. Simplicity gives you clarity and peace of mind.
“The martial arts are ultimately self-knowledge. A punch or a kick is not to knock the hell out of the guy in front, but to knock the hell out of your ego, your fear, or your hang-ups.”.