Be Like the Bamboo 1
Bamboo Green Tunnel, Taiwan” by 大頭家族 (CC BY 2.0)

Bamboo is flexible, bending with the wind but never breaking, capable of adapting to any circumstance. It suggests resilience, meaning that we have the ability to bounce back even from the most difficult times. . . . Your ability to thrive depends, in the end, on your attitude to your life circumstances. Take everything in stride with grace, putting forth energy when it is needed, yet always staying calm inwardly.

Ping Fu

It is usually this point where I set my goals for the coming year with an aim to hit the ground running.

This year is different.

In a rush to complete some home renovations over the Xmas break, I managed to cut my hand badly and completely severed the tendon on the middle finger of my right hand. I spent New Years Eve in the emergency department of my local public hospital, and the first day of 2019 in surgery having the tendon reattached. The recovery time is expected to be upwards of 3 months.

Normally this kind of news would knock me round and I’d fall into a depressed funk, but a strange sense of relief overcame me.

The end of 2018 became quite tense, there was so much I felt I needed to do and I had so little time to get any of it done. I was wound up so tightly I was really not in a pleasant place, for what should have be one of the happier times of the year.

Damaging my hand and realising there was not much I could do but recover was like the circuit breaker I needed and all those things that I thought I had to get done no longer seemed as important.

It highlighted to me that I need to let go more, go with the flow and remember to be fully engaged in the now, rather than trying to rush everything through to get where I think I need to be.

I feel like I am now looking forward to this year and what I’ll be able to achieve, without the pressures normally associated with thinking I’m not doing enough. I’ll just be appreciative of the fact I can just do.

I am going to enjoy this year. I am going to be like the bamboo.

Tim Eden

Tim Eden is an Adelaide based figurative artist who paints mainly in oil. The principle theme throughout Tim’s art focuses on our existence and shared connectedness within a universe of energy. Tim’s work has been described as thought provoking and emotive.

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