There is an old fable in which a mighty oak tree which stood for over one hundred years was finally blown over by a storm. The tree fell into a river that floated it downstream until it came to rest among the reeds growing along the riverbank. The fallen giant asked the reeds in amazement, "How is it that you were able to weather the storm that was too powerful for me an oak tree, to withstand?" The reeds replied, "All these years you stubbornly resisted the winds that swept your way. You took such pride in your strength that you refused to yield, even a little bit. We, on the other hand, have not resisted the winds, but have always bent with them. Life throws much at us and much of it outside our control. It's nearly an impossible task to try and stand up to battle everything that comes our way. Like the reeds, we can let much of what's outside our control blow through us and not uproot us.
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