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The Fern and the Bamboo August 21, 2007

Posted by Janjan in All, I, Lawyer.

I would like to repost a beautiful forward that my mom sent to me. (You got to love mothers. They have a sixth sense when it comes to knowing when their kids need moral support.)

I don’t normally pass out forwarded messages, but sometimes they come out with beautiful gems like these that really know how to uplift one’s spirit. And yes, lawyers, just like most people, can easily get demoralized too. Even the magnificent ones. ๐Ÿ˜›

Don’t 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 asked, “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 asked 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
“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 brought back this story.
I hope these words can help you see that God will never give up on you.
Never, Never, Never Give up.
For the Christian Prayer is not an option but an opportunity.
Don’t tell the Lord how big the problem is,
tell the problem how Great the Lord is!



1. mameejhy - October 20, 2007

it’s a very touching and heartfelt message…
i’m a mother of a precocious toddler and i’m a struggling law student. nakakapagod, lalo na pag may exams. minsan parang gusto ko na tumigil sa pag aaral at sumuko na lang. i always wonder why i chose to study law when in fact i could just stay at home and take care of my family but i guess we each have our own “calling”… i just wish it’s my “calling” to be a lawyer.

2. northwolf - October 20, 2007

You will know when the time comes. Good luck!

3. Tin Senoron - May 28, 2009

can i copy this message? it fits me since im still deciphering if i’ll proceed medicine.

northwolf - May 31, 2009

Hehe… by all means, copy it ๐Ÿ™‚ Good luck on your decision.

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