“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
As we get caught up in dwelling on our past and/or our future, we forget that we are in constant growth inside. We look at our physical bodies and the way they used to look compared to now and this lets us know that we are progressing in one of the many laws of the universe. However, there are so many laws at play, and many times we only focus on one or two of them. I offer you this well-known fable today in the hopes that you will understand more about expectations and balance, and hopefully realize that you matter. We all matter in this world whether we are a fast-growing fern or a seed that is just waiting for its time to show itself to the world.
The Fable of the Fern and the Bamboo
One day I decided to give up: I quit my job, my relationship, and my life. I went into the woods to talk with an elder who was said to be very wise. “Can you give me one good reason not to quit?” I asked him. “Look around,” he replied, “Do you see the fern and the bamboo?” “Yes”, I replied. “When I planted the fern and the bamboo seeds, I took very good care of them. The fern quickly grew. Its brilliant green covered the floor. Yet nothing came from the bamboo seed. But I did not give up on the bamboo. In the second year, the fern grew more vibrant and plentiful, and again, nothing grew from the bamboo seed. But I did not give up on the bamboo. In the third year still nothing sprouted from the bamboo seed. But I didn’t give up on the bamboo. In the fourth year, again nothing came from the bamboo seed. But I didn’t give up on the bamboo. Then in the fifth year, a tiny shoot emerged from the earth. Compared to the fern, it was seemingly small and insignificant. But then in the sixth year, the bamboo grew to 60 feet tall. It had spent five years growing the roots to sustain it. Those roots made it strong and gave it what it needed to survive. Did you know that all this time that you have been struggling, you have really been growing roots? The bamboo has a different purpose from the fern, but both are necessary and make the forest beautiful.”
Dear Angels, I have often wondered what it would be like if we all experienced growth at the same rate and we all had the same knowledge and similar learning experiences. But I know we came here for contrast and to learn from each other, so there will always be some of us who are ferns and others bamboo.
Dear Ones, achieving balance requires conscious effort and introspection. It involves prioritizing your needs and responsibilities, setting boundaries, and making time for activities that bring joy and fulfillment. Balancing work and personal life, for instance, means finding a middle ground where you can excel professionally while also nurturing your relationships, pursuing hobbies, and taking care of your physical and mental well-being. It is about finding harmony within yourself, managing stress, and cultivating a positive mindset. By nurturing your inner self and embracing self-compassion, you can better navigate through life's challenges while maintaining a healthy equilibrium. Expectations and balance go hand in hand. While expectations provide a sense of purpose and drive, balance ensures that you lead a well-rounded and fulfilling life. Striking the right balance requires self-awareness, adaptability, and the willingness to reassess and adjust your priorities when needed. By managing your expectations and maintaining balance, you can create a life that aligns with your values, brings you joy, and ensures personal growth.
Dear Angels, thank you. I love you. Namaste y’all.
Today, I promise to find ways to bring more balance to my life.
Teri Angel is a Happiness Coach, energy healer, best-selling author, spiritual teacher and mentor, and a motivational speaker. Teri’s movement “Peas For Peace” involves strengthening our awareness of the oneness of all, unifying mankind through compassion, peace, love and joy. She was named "She Who Blesses the Sacred Land" during the Peace On Earth Tour and embraces that title with loving grace. Teri is also the co-founder of the global movement and non-profit organization Ten Million For World Peace.
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