Updated: Jan 26
Happy New Year!
Well 2020 has certainly been a year like no other! As we step into 2021, we do so inspired by the strength and tenacity and human spirit displayed in our Tri-City students in what might be one of the most challenging years of training experienced. The uncertainty, disappointments, and challenges were faced by a group of people who rose to meet the challenges and embrace new ways of training and new ways of connecting.
We don’t have to be brave and strong all the time,but the willingness to do our best with what we have in the moment can not only help us to attain new heights and achieve our goals, but can build a resilience and tenacity to face any hardship that comes our way. Taking small steps in a direction of purpose can help us experience peace and happiness.
Bruce Lee once said, “Notice that the stiffest tree is most easily cracked, while the bamboo or willow survives by bending with the wind."
In his book, Moving Toward Stillness, Dave Lowry writes about the essence of the Bamboo and inspires readers to investigate its attributes:
“...Bend like the bamboo. Be flexible; give before the onslaught of force in the same way the long slender boughs of that giant grass flex in the wind or under a load of snow. Remain supple and spring back against oppression as do the bamboo’s stalks. [...] I planted a stand of yellow-groove bamboo in my yard… heavy flakes were falling. By afternoon the branches of my bamboo had grown a thick white coat of snow. They were bending, lowering beneath their load. Completely distracted from my writing chores, I brewed a pot of tea and sat… If you have never seen it, snow-burdened bamboo doesn’t just sag with the extra weight; it twists over alarmingly. It goes down as if it is suddenly developing the advanced symptoms of some kind of plant arthritis. Smaller stalks will bend double, their tips arching right over into U shapes that touch the ground. Just when I began to doubt the plants’ pliancy, just when I was ready to rush out and knock the snow off to save the plants from snapping, one length of bamboo gave a convulsive shudder. It shrugged off the snow, then, after staggering and waving back and forth, it was upright again.
All winter I watched the bamboo I’d planted as it flexed under successive snowfalls and then flung off the weight. Spring came and more shoots erupted from the cold, black ground. [...] I started digging at the base of one of the clumps. And that is when I learned there is a whole lot more to the pliant strength of the bamboo than what you can see i