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"Are You Sure You Want to Quit?"
Author: Onyeka Asuzu
October 10, 2019
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Don't give up!
One day I decided to quit...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. Do you see the fern and the bamboo?"
"Yes." I answered. He continued, "When I planted the fern and the bamboo seed, I took very good care of them, I gave them light and 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," God continued, " the fern grew more vibrant and plantiful and again, nothing came from the bamboo seed. But I did not quit on the bamboo."
He said, "In the third year, there was still nothing from the bamboo seed, but I would not quit on it.
In the fourth year, there was still not a thing.Then in the fifth year, a tiny sprout came out from the earth. Compared to the fern, it was seemingly small and insignificant, but just six months later, the bamboo rose to over 100 feet tall!
It had spent the first five years growing roots. These roots made it strong and gave it what it needed to survive. I would not give any of my creatures a challenge they cannot handle. "
He asked me, "Do you know, my child, that all these while 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. Just as the bamboo had a different purpose than the fern, yet they make the forest beautiful."