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7<br />Life Lessons<br />From Bamboo<br />
The forests that surround the village there in Nara, Japan are filled with beautiful bamboo trees. In Japan, the symbolism...
Lesson 1 : Bend but don't break. Be flexible yet firmly rooted<br />The bamboo sway with even the slightest breeze. This g...
In time, even the strongest wind tires itself out, but the bamboo remains standing tall and still. A bend-but-don't-break ...
Lesson 2 : What looks weak is strong<br />The body of a single bamboo tree is not large by any means, but the plants endur...
Remember that we must be careful not to underestimate others or ourselves based only <br />on old notions of what is weak ...
Lesson 3 : Be always ready<br />Unlike other types of wood which take a good deal of processing and finishing, bamboo need...
Lesson 4 : Unleash your power to spring back<br />Bamboo is a symbol of good luck and one of the symbols of the New Year c...
In winter the heavy snow bends the bamboo back and back until one day the snow becomes too heavy, begins to fall, and the ...
Lesson 5 : Find wisdom in emptiness<br />The hollow insides of the bamboo reminds us that we are often too full of ourselv...
It is said that in order to learn, the first step is to empty ourselves of our preconceived notions. One can not fill a cu...
Lesson 6 : Commit to (continuous) growth<br />Bamboo trees are among the fastest-growing plants in the world. Yet even wit...
The bamboo grows fastest around the rainy season. You too may have "seasons" where growth accelerates, but is slower at ot...
Lesson 7 : Express usefulness through simplicity<br />We often complicate the simple to impress and we fail to simplify th...
Aikido master KenshoFuruya says that "The bamboo in its simplicity expresses its usefulness. Man should do the same." <br />
Thank You Very Much<br />Sompong Yusoontorn<br />
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    1. 1. 7<br />Life Lessons<br />From Bamboo<br />
    2. 2. The forests that surround the village there in Nara, Japan are filled with beautiful bamboo trees. In Japan, the symbolism of the bamboo plant runs deep and wide and offers practical lessons for life and for work. I summarized the lessons below with presentation and learning in mind, but as you read these seven lessons from bamboo, try think of practical implications for your own work.<br />
    3. 3. Lesson 1 : Bend but don't break. Be flexible yet firmly rooted<br />The bamboo sway with even the slightest breeze. This gentle swaying movement with the wind is a symbol of humility. Their bodies are hard and firm and yet sway gently in the breeze while their trunks stay rooted firmly in the ground below. Their foundation is solid even though they move and sway harmoniously with the wind, never fighting against it. <br />
    4. 4. In time, even the strongest wind tires itself out, but the bamboo remains standing tall and still. A bend-but-don't-break or go-with-the-natural-flow attitude is one of the secrets for success whether we're talking about bamboo trees, answering tough questions in a Q&A session, or just dealing with the everyday vagaries of life.<br />
    5. 5. Lesson 2 : What looks weak is strong<br />The body of a single bamboo tree is not large by any means, but the plants endure cold winters and extremely 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 extreme weather. Bamboo is not as fragile as it may appear, not by a long shot. <br />
    6. 6. Remember that we must be careful not to underestimate others or ourselves based only <br />on old notions of what is weak and what is strong. You may not be from the biggest company <br />or the product of the most famous school, but like the bamboo, stand tall, believe in your own strengths, and know that you are as strong as you need to be.<br />
    7. 7. Lesson 3 : Be always ready<br />Unlike other types of wood which take a good deal of processing and finishing, bamboo needs little of that. As the great Aikido master KenshoFuruya says in Kodo: Ancient Ways, "The warrior, like bamboo, is ever ready for action." In presentation or other professional activities too, through training and practice, we can develop in our own way a state of being ever ready.<br />
    8. 8. Lesson 4 : Unleash your power to spring back<br />Bamboo is a symbol of good luck and one of the symbols of the New Year celebrations in Japan. The important image of snow-covered bamboo represents the ability to spring back after experiencing adversity. The bamboo endured the heavy burden of the snow, but in the end it had to power to spring back as if to say "I will not be defeated."<br />
    9. 9. In winter the heavy snow bends the bamboo back and back until one day the snow becomes too heavy, begins to fall, and the bamboo snaps back up tall again, brushing aside all the snow. <br />
    10. 10. Lesson 5 : Find wisdom in emptiness<br />The hollow insides of the bamboo reminds us that we are often too full of ourselves and our own conclusions; we have no space for anything else. In order to receive knowledge and wisdom from both nature and people, we have to be open to that which is new and different. When you empty your mind of your prejudices and pride and fear, you become open to the possibilities. <br />
    11. 11. It is said that in order to learn, the first step is to empty ourselves of our preconceived notions. One can not fill a cup which is already full. <br />
    12. 12. Lesson 6 : Commit to (continuous) growth<br />Bamboo trees are among the fastest-growing plants in the world. Yet even with a commitment to continuous learning and improvement, our growth — like the growth of the bamboo — can be quite remarkable when we look back at what or where we used to be. We may not notice our own improvement. How fast or how slow is not our main concern, only that we're moving forward. <br />
    13. 13. The bamboo grows fastest around the rainy season. You too may have "seasons" where growth accelerates, but is slower at other times. Yet with sustained 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. <br />
    14. 14. Lesson 7 : Express usefulness through simplicity<br />We often complicate the simple to impress and we fail to simplify the complex out of fear that others may know what we know. If we could lose our fear, perhaps we could be more creative and find simpler solutions to even complex problems that ultimately provide the greatest usefulness for our audiences, customers, patients, or students.<br />
    15. 15. Aikido master KenshoFuruya says that "The bamboo in its simplicity expresses its usefulness. Man should do the same." <br />
    16. 16. Thank You Very Much<br />Sompong Yusoontorn<br />
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