Tuesday, November 5, 2013

"Three Friends"

~There are three
friends of the winter:
the Pine Tree, the Plum Blossom, and Bamboo.
Pine Trees are strong.  They remain happy and green
throughout the year.
In the unbearable heat of summer 
and the severe cold of winter,
they Stand Unperturbed.
The crimson petals
of the Plum Blossom 
gleam brilliantly against the white snow,
with their magenta coloured flowers.
The ability to bloom in the midst of Misfortune
suggests Dignity and Forbearance
under harsh circumstances.
The Bamboo is the third
friend of winter.
Bamboo is Flexible,
bending with the wind but never breaking,
capable of adapting 
to any circumstance.
It suggests Resilience,
meaning we have the Ability to bounce back
from even the most difficult times.
Our Ability to thrive depends,
in the end,
on our Attitude 
to our Life's Circumstances.
~Take everything in stride
with Grace,
putting forth Energy
when it is Needed,
yet always staying Calm, Inwardly. 

~Ping Fu's "Shanghai Papa" 

5 November, 2013

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