Bounce Back

Bamboo

To my friends, my readers,
Do you sometimes feel the challenges in life?
Do you sometimes feel the weight of life's demands on your shoulders?
Is life sometimes pushing and testing you hard?

Here is another story to share with you.

One of my fondest memories as a child is going by the river and
sitting idly on the bank.
There I would enjoy the peace and quiet, watch the water rush downstream,
and listen to the chirps of birds and the rustling of leaves in the trees.
I would also watch the bamboo trees bend under pressure from the wind and
watch them return gracefully to their upright or original position
after the wind had died down.

When I think about the bamboo tree's ability to bounce back or return
to its original position, the word resilience comes to mind. When used
in reference to a person this word means the ability to readily recover
from shock, depression or any other situation that stretches the limits
of a person's emotions.

Have you ever felt like you are about to snap?
Have you ever felt like you are at your breaking point?
Thankfully, you have survived the experience to live to talk about it.

During the experience you probably felt a mix of emotions that
threatened your health. You felt emotionally drained, mentally
exhausted and you most likely endured unpleasant physical symptoms.

Life is a mixture of good times and bad times,
happy moments and unhappy moments.
The next time you are experiencing one of those
bad times or unhappy moments that take you close to your breaking
point then bend but don't break, bounce back.
Do your best not to let the situation get the better of you.

A measure of hope will take you through the unpleasant ordeal.
With hope for a better tomorrow or a better situation,
things may not be as bad as they seem to be.
The unpleasant ordeal may be easier to deal
with if the end result is worth having.
If the going gets tough and you are at your breaking point,
show resilience like the bamboo tree, bend, and bounce back!

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2 responses to “Bounce Back”

  1. Giehaan says:

    That is so true as i am experiancing all of the above mentioned emotions. To stay focus is to stay positive. Put your trust in God mind body and soul and believe that he shall set you free. Bounce back to ur believe system. Bend over to what u were taught when u were a child. Peace happiness trust love communication. Then ur believe system shall flow like a river in ur soul

    • Jim says:

      Dear Giehaan,

      Yes, when faced with challenges, one can choose to stay down or break down or you can choose to bounce back.
      It is a choice and choices have consequences.
      I’m sure you will choose wisely and live your Best life! 🙂

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