16 August 2006

Never Give Up

Recently just when i was feeling low and down, my good friend sent me this story. It came at a right time, although it is some signal sent to me, asking me not to give up on myself, despite the disappointment and rejections from others. I wanna share with you all this story.Here it goes:

One day I decided to quit...
I quit my job, my relationship,
my spirituality...
I wanted to quit my life.

I went to the woods to have one last talk with God.

"God", I said. "Can you give me one good reason not to quit?"

His answer surprised me...

"Look around", He said. "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. I gave them light. I gave them water. The fern quickly grew from the earth. Its brilliant green covered the floor. Yet nothing came from the bamboo seed. But I did not quit on the bamboo.

In the second year the Fern grew more vibrant and plentiful.

And again, nothing came from the bamboo seed. But I did not quit on the bamboo." He said.

"In the third year, there was still nothing from the bamboo seed. But I would not quit.

In the fourth year, again, there was nothing from the bamboo seed. "I would not quit." He said.

"Then in the fifth year a tiny sprout emerged from the earth.

Compared to the fern it was seemingly small and insignificant...

But just 6 months later the bamboo rose to over 100 feet tall. It had spent the five years growing roots. Those roots made it strong and gave it what it needed to survive.

I would not give any of my creations a challenge it could not handle." He said to me.

"Did you know, my child, that all this time you have been struggling, you have actually been growing roots?"

"I would not quit on the bamboo. I will never quit on you."

"Don't compare yourself to others." He said.

"The bamboo had a different purpose than the fern. Yet, they both make the forest beautiful."

"Your time will come", God said to me.
"You will rise high!"
"How high should I rise?" I asked.
"How high will the bamboo rise?" He asked in return. "As high as it can?" I questioned.
"Yes." He said, "Give me glory by rising as high as you can."

I left the forest and bring back this story.

Never regret a day in your life.
Good days give you happiness;
Bad days give you experiences;
Both are essential to life.
Keep going....

Happiness keeps You Sweet,

Trials keep You Strong,

Sorrows keep You Human,

Failures keep You Humble,

Success keeps You Glowing!

You are right. Don't compare yourself to others, everyone has a different purpose in life. One day i shall find mine....and i shall grow up high!!!Thanks Xian for telling me this story!


dunstarehotmail said...

sherly, life is about everything. like the word never give up. there is always a new begining with different meaning in life. it is depending how we see thru it. life is pretty wide for us to explore. live the life to fullest. never quit on life. i might not be the best person to tell you anything. but from experiences..life is precious. honor it, live it, you are the best person to choose how to live you life with passion and fullest..

sheryl0202 said...

Dear dunstarehotmail,

Thanks for your meaningful comments. Whenever i feel low again, i shall look at what you have said in your comments. :)