“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, 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.”
May you see yourself as you are today without comparison to others. May there be peace in your world. Please, can’t we all just get along and find our place in the sun without judgment? I love you!
Teri is the founder of TIME Heals energy healing modality, a Certified Happiness Coach and spiritual mentor, an Add-Heart Facilitator with the HeartMath Institute, a psychic/medium and an author. More information about her work or to book a session, please visit www.Angelspeakers.com
Teri is the author of The Doctor Said What?, TIME Heals, Hugz~Love: My Five-Month Journey From Cocoon to Butterfly, Changes: Life Changes When You Do and Gratitude Vase. She is currently working on her 6th book, A TIME For Animals Love Revolution. All books can be found at https://www.amazon.com/Teri-Miller/e/B016TPZIDI