Science Daily has this to say about bamboo:
Bamboos are a group of woody perennial evergreen plants in the true grass family Poaceae. Some of its members are giants, forming by far the largest members of the grass family. There are 91 genera and about 1,000 species of bamboo. They are found in diverse climates, from cold mountains to hot tropical regions.
In knowing that, we become even more fascinated by the bamboo plant, even as we chose it as our blog background for sometime now, and will probably continue to do so.
Business will test your mettle as a person and as a human being. We can all take a cue from the strong, tall, and yet flexible bamboo plant.
Where others snap with the force of the wind, the bamboo merely sways with it -- so vert Zen; so very Tao.
It just shows brittleness cannot possibly survive.
Of course, we've seen bamboo thrashed by heavy winds and rains, too, but that is the exception.
More often than not, the bamboo survives and persists. It just keeps growing, too.
Its evergreen trunk and leaves provide healing balm to your tired eyes and spirit.
Its body provide you furniture, flooring, shelter, and ornamentation.
Just like the sturdy coconut tree, it seems every part of the bamboo plant can be put to good use, whether outer or inner.
Surely, the panda knows something we don't as it nourishes itself with the leaves and maybe the shoots (and of course, we're guessing with the latter).
How can something so strong be so pliant and resilient?
We surely can learn from the qualities of this plant.
May our businesses and ventures be bamboo-like, strong, and resilient.
May our ventures remember to respect nature and others.
May we all bend and not break.
May we all continue to thrive and survive in the midst of storms and sunshine.
May we stand tall like the bamboo plant and yet provide safety and shelter for others like a bamboo grove where one is inclined to take shelter in -- away from the crowd. Away from the heat, and into its quiet and healing fold, like a mother's arms gently enfolding you.
Nature truly has much to teach us in terms of being kind, warm, giving, loving, generous, and civilized.
As such, our bamboo image will continue to grace our Band of Banners blog.
Love, joy, peace, and prosperity to all!