Bamboo was used since ancient times. A highly useful material, it has been used by manand is still being used for a number of different purposes. It’s one of the most popular andinfluential plants in the world. What makes it so special and what can it teach you?
Lessons # 1 : Fast regenerationBamboo has the fastest reforestation potential than any plant. Any deforested area can bereplaced in a matter of months when planted with bamboos. This shows that when you fail,when there is a setback or a challenge in your life you should bounce back quickly andgo on with your work.
Lessons # 2 : High growth rateA bamboo tree when cut grows back very fast. This shows that your growth and progressneed not be slow. You can grow at a rate you decide, let this be faster even in the faceof obstacles.
Lessons # 3 : Highly usefulEvery part of the bamboo tree from shoots and sap to the leaves and stalks are used inone way or the other. As humans we need to be helpful towards our fellow beings. Thisshows that whenever possible we should help others even if it’s only a small favor. Whatmatters in the end is were you able to make a difference. Did your life prove useful?
Lessons # 4 : Hollow trunkJust as a bamboo has a hollow trunk, one should have an open heart. You should bewilling to accept things and people as they are and should not be subject to arroganceor prejudice.
Lessons # 5 : Giving outA bamboo requires very little care, yet produces edible food and building materials thatbenefit the world’s ecosystem. How many of us give back to the world? We consume alot, we earn a lot but only few give back to the society. There is no point in just amassingand consuming. You must also give back a fair amount, enough to make a difference.
Lessons # 6 : Strengthening your foundationWhen you plant a bamboo seed, nothing happens for the first few years. During the time when nogrowth takes place the plant strengthens its root system allowing it to grow very high very fast. Thisis true in life too, if you want to grow, reach great heights you have to strengthen your foundationfirst. The foundation includes your relationships, long term goals and desires and your purpose in life.
Lessons # 7 : Can grow anywhereA bamboo plant can grow in almost any condition which shows that no matterwhere you are you can grow, you can become great and achieve success.
Lessons # 8 : ResilientA Bamboo is highly resilient. It challenges the strength of other known hardwood trees. It isa highly resilient material and has incredible strength. It shows that to grow tall, to achievebig in life you need to walk the difficult path. You need to be strong and resilient.
Lessons # 9 : Improving the soil and surroundingsA Bamboo uses Carbon dioxide much faster than other trees and also improves soil conditionsby preventing soil erosion. This shows that wherever you are you should try to add value to thelives of people around you. You should try to leave things a little better than the state you foundthem in.
Lesson # 11 : Be flexibleThe bamboo sway with even the slightest breeze. This gentle swaying movement with the wind isa symbol of humility. Their bodies are hard and firm and yet sway gently in the breeze while theirtrunks stay rooted firmly in the ground below. Their foundation is solid even though they moveand sway harmoniously with the wind, never fighting against it.
Lesson # 11 : What looks weak is strongThe body of a single bamboo tree is not large by any means, but the plants endure cold winters andextremely hot summers and are sometimes the only trees left standing in the aftermath of a typhoon.They may not reach the heights of the other trees, but they are strong and stand tall in extremeweather. Bamboo is not as fragile as it may appear, not by a long shot.
Lesson # 12 : Be always ready for action.Unlike other types of wood which take a good deal of processing and finishing, bamboo needslittle of that. As the great Aikido master Kensho Furuya says in Kodo: Ancient Ways, "The warrior,like bamboo, is ever ready for action." In presentation or other professional activities too, throughtraining and practice, we can develop in our own way a state of being ever ready.
Lesson # 13 : Find wisdom in emptinessThe hollow insides of the bamboo reminds us that we are often too full of ourselves and our ownconclusions; we have no space for anything else. In order to receive knowledge and wisdomfrom both nature and people, we have to be open to that which is new and different. When youempty your mind of your prejudices and pride and fear, you become open to the possibilities.
Lesson # 14 : Be simplicityWe often complicate the simple to impress and we fail to simplify the complex out of fear thatothers may know what we know. If we could lose our fear, perhaps we could be more creativeand find simpler solutions to even complex problems that ultimately provide the greatestusefulness for our audiences, customers, patients, or students.
Lessons # 15 : Highly influentialBamboo is one of the most influential and popular plants with trade in bamboo going up to billionsof dollars. This shows that when you are good, highly useful and are a good person from withinmoney and fame will automatically come to you. There is no need to go after money, when youare good enough money will come to you.
Bamboo is a plant that has an incredible value and is indispensable. It teachesthat no matter where you are or what you do you should always try to becomea person of value. I believe you can learn from these lessons and do it now!!!
The bamboo grows fastest around the rainy season. You too may have "seasons" where growth accelerates, but is slower at other times. Yet withsustained effort, you are always growing. Do not be discouraged by what you perceive as your lack of growth or improvement. If you have not given up, then you are growing, you just may not see it until much later. Thank You Very Much Sompong Yusoontorn