February 14, 2016

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 Image result for reed
The reed is soft and tender
A brittle stick, hard and stiff
Plants and animals, in life, are supple and succulent
In death, withered and dry
So softness and tenderness are attributes of life
And hardness and stiffness, attributes of death

Just as a sapless tree will split and decay
And fall to the ground in time
An inflexible force will meet defeat
The hard and mighty lie beneath the ground
While the tender and weak dance on the breeze above

Bend but do not break
This is the sign of life and wisdom
The stick that is dry and brittle snaps easily
It has no life left in it
Instead, remain flexible and ready to adapt to change

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