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The oak and the reed

There's an old fable about the oak and the reed.

The oak stood big and strong as it had been around for a very long time, rigidly withstanding winds when the weather lashed out. The reed was essentially a bit of tall grass, nowhere near as big and strong as the oak, and flapping about every time the wind blew.

One day, a really big storm blew. It was the worst the trees and plants had seen. The strongest gust of wind blew and the oak, being big and rigid, eventually cracked, was uprooted, and fell to the ground.

The reed also felt the worst of the wind. It was low on the ground and supple and when the winds lashed, it bent, almost lying flat. But once the winds settled, the reed stood tall again.

Sometimes, to weather the worst storms and the biggest challenges that life throws at us, it's important to remain flexible and keep an open mind.

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