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    Default Don't Quit, a very nice story...

    The Fern and the Bamboo

    One day, I decided to quit. I wanted to quit my job, to quit my
    relationships, to quit my spirituality; I even 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,
    noth ing came from the bamboo seed. But I did not quit on the bamboo."

    "In the third year there was still nothing from the bamboo seed. But I
    would not quit."

    "In the fourth year, again, there was nothing from the bamboo seed.
    Still, I would not quit."

    "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 they
    could not handle," He said to m e.

    "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.
    and I will never quit on you! Don't compare yourself to others. 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

    "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. And
    remember...I will never leave you, nor forsake you. I will never give up
    on you. I will never, ever quit on you."

    Everyone has days when they want to "quit". When there are
    struggles...obstacles in life, remember we're just growing roots!! God
    has a purpose in mind for each one of us and we need to talk to Him and
    let Him help us realize that purpose. Always remember, He'll never leave
    us, He'll never forsake us, and He'll never quit on us.
    - Peach

    "If you think you can, you can. If you think you can't, you're right". - Mary Kay Ash

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    Thanks for sharing! I guess we all need to try to be more like bamboo.

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    Thank You for that Peach!! The timing for sharing it was perfect :lol:

    Peace and Blessings

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    Thanks Peach that was a very inspirational story and great timing. Hoping you have a wonderful holiday season and health, happiness, love and prosperity in the new year.

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    a Haiku:

    So now I'm bamboo--
    During all those awful times,
    I'm growing...who knew???

    Love to you--Kathy

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