Never Give up.

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 year three there was still nothing from the bamboo seed. But I

would not quit.

In year four, 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 Give up.

SARVAM SRI RAMAKRISHNARPANAMASTU

(SWAMI GUNESHANANDA)

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