Thanks for your input, Keith.
<< it's, well, too idealistic based on simplistic philosophy.
Mine was a simple observation and analogy. No attempts at philosophy here I am afraid, "simplistic" or otherwise.
<< reality is, steal and concrete trump bamboo by a long shot
Well, the point is not merely to think of all the things that can destroy bamboo, but to see what, if anything, it has to teach us by analogy -- but since you mentioned it. Even steel and concrete are no match for the elements (i.e., nature).
When the humans abandon their steel and concrete buildings, nature quickly takes over. See for example Battleship Island off Nagasaki or read the book The World Without Us. Steel and concrete have good utility, but they are ephemeral. Personally, I find inspiration and teachings in the nature around me. In the words of Kensho Furuya "Don't try to conquer Nature; try to learn from Nature. Nature is the great teacher."
<< like aikido, its completely useless for real pragmatic purposes
The lessons from nature are there for those who will see them. As for Aikido being "useless," I think you may be missing the point. The main point of martial arts training is not competition nor even mastery of technique. Isn't the real lesson of budo the mastery of self? The real lessons of the martial arts are very practical and extend far beyond the dojo. One of the real lessons is surely cultivating inner strength.
Thanks very much for taking the time to comment.
Are You a Bamboo Personality Type?
If you’re a coach or healer or want to help people in any way, it can be so valuable to learn how to “read” them.
We all know that Chinese medicine can read (diagnose) your health – but what most people don’t know is that it also developed a way to read your spirit.
There are hidden meanings in the patterns in your face and birth date that can help you understand who you really are inside.
And you can learn to read these in other people as well, so you can work with them in the most authentic and heart-based way.
In your birth date, there are messages in the year you were born, and in the month you were born, and even more in the day you were born.
All these messages weave together to show you why you are the way you are, where you tend to go wrong, and how you can change to create a life that’s a fit for you.
To get the complete picture of who someone is, we read the patterns in both their birth date and their face, but even just knowing JUST the birth year can reveal so much.
Were you born in one of these years?
So let’s look at some things we can read in the birth year alone.
For example, were you born in 1996, 1987, 1978, 1969, 1960, 1951 or 1942 or do you know someone who was? Read this description and see if you can relate:
Most (not all) people born in these years are said to have a “Bamboo” nature. What does that mean?
Well, one thing we know about a bamboo tree is how flexible it is. Its long trunk bends and sways in the breeze.
That’s actually the secret to its success – its ability to be flexible and adaptable. It can’t get knocked down or broken in a storm like an oak tree can. It doesn’t break – it just bends with the wind.
So if you’re a Bamboo person, this means you can come across as easygoing and adaptable.
For example, you can deal with a wide variety of personality types because you naturally adjust to accommodate them. People often love anyone with bamboo energy because they’re so easy to get along with.
This “bendability” also benefits you in terms of problem-solving. You’re not rigid in your outlook and you can adjust to changing circumstances.
Because of this you can find success working within organizations or bureaucracies like the government or corporations. It’s not that you enjoy those kinds of limitations but you’re able to work within the system. You can bend to get around the rules or adjust your plan to stay within the required structure.
If you have a bamboo theme to your nature you may find your life goes in curves rather than in straight lines.
Just like the bamboo changes direction according to how the breeze blows, there’s a changeability to this kind of energy, so you may end up moving more often than other kinds of people, or changing careers several times.
You probably won’t be the kind of person who settles into one job at age 21 and gets the gold watch 50 years later!
You may get criticized by family and friends for not settling down or being able to stick to one career but that’s not the plan for you. The breeze blows, the bamboo bends and there’s a change of direction. That’s how you’re supposed to do your life.
The need to stand firm
But every human characteristic has downsides to it. And in this case, one downside is that you can over-accommodate other people. You can be too bendable, give up too much to make way for others’ needs and wants.
Alternatively, you can be too easily influenced by other people’s opinions. Or you may change your mind too easily, or become indecisive.
There’s also the chance that you don’t always stick with what you’ve started when you actually should. You continue on for a while but then bend to go in a different direction.
If you do this too often, your life becomes one with too many changes and no goals achieved.
If you’re a Bamboo person, one thing you’ll need to learn is when not to bend, when to stay with something, or how to stand firm for your own needs or what you know is right.
There’s another interesting thing about a bamboo tree. It’s not like most other trees where there’s a tall trunk and then the branches start to form high up in the tree.
Instead, right from the base of the trunk it starts branching out. There are hundreds of small branches growing out of the trunk from the bottom to the top.
If you’re a Bamboo personality type, this means is that you’re a great problem-solver because you can always see more than one option in any situation.
You excel at finding many possibilities, to come up with one idea to put into motion but if that Plan A doesn’t work, you can pull out a Plan B or C, or D!
All those branches also mean you naturally have a very complex thinking process, able to analyze in intricate ways and hold many different thoughts at once. You’re a very good thinker!
But one downside is that you can be so good at complex thinking that you think and think and think and think – and then think some more! You can overthink everything, and not take action.
“Let me think about it…”
To you there’s never just one choice, one direction to go – there are so many to think about! So procrastination, indecisiveness or changing your mind too often can be a challenge.
One of the most common comments you’ll hear from a Bamboo person is “Let me think about it.” This can drive their family and friends crazy as they watch them just spinning their wheels!
If you have some bamboo energy in your nature, it’s so important to remind yourself that at some point you just have to choose one thing and do it. You can reassure yourself by remembering that even if it turns out that there are problems down the road – you’re the expert at coming up with Plan B! You can handle it!
Bamboo grows incredibly fast. In some cases, bamboo can grow 4 feet in one day.
To accomplish that, there is a powerful inner tension within the plant, like a coiled spring to keep pushing it up and up and up.
What that means for a person with bamboo energy is that there’s a powerful inner tension in them too.
This is what helps them think so intensely. But that tension can have a downside in that it makes them hold a lot of tension against themselves.
People with a Bamboo type of personality tend to be way too hard on themselves, beating themselves up for every little thing.
One “cure” for this is to stay active both physically and mentally – to have an outlet for all that inner tension and to distract yourself from self-judgmental thoughts. If you don’t, over the years, it can eventually lead to depression.
Coaching a Bamboo Person
If you’re trying to coach or help a Bamboo person in any way, what does this mean for you?
First of all, their flexibility can make them always seem to agree with you, to go along with what you’re saying.
You need to know that inside their heads, however, they may be analyzing everything you say. Bamboo people are often more skeptical than they appear, because they’re aware that they can be too easily influenced.
So you’ll need to be able to establish credibility with them, and show them the logic of what you’re proposing.
And it may be they’ll agree to the action plan you’ve created for them, but then procrastinate or get distracted and never get going.
Bamboo people struggle with self-doubt. At first that plan seemed like the right thing to do, but now they’re not so sure, so they decide to wait to think about it some more.
And that tendency toward self-judgment, being so hard on themselves, can make them waver. As they meet the unavoidable little glitches that happen with any plan, they can too easily beat themselves up for what isn’t their fault at all.
So they try at all costs to not end up in that painful place of self-blame. But that usually equates to the choice of “no action = no chance of pain.” Until of course they start beating themselves up for not taking action! It can be a vicious circle.
The bamboo needs the freedom to sway with the breeze but to grow in solid ground with strong roots. And its trunk bends but it’s not weak and floppy! There is that strong inner tension and a naturally structured plan for its design.
What this means is that Bamboo personality types need two important things from a coach or any helper:
1 – Grounded advice, solid and well thought out. Nothing too woo-woo; it’s got to have a proven foundation to it.
The bamboo sways with the breeze but it’s rooted in the firm ground. Bamboo people do best with experienced mentors who have established credibility with their work.
Unconsciously they know how changeable they are, so they need to be sure you’re not!
2 – A structured, step-by-step plan. Bamboo people do best when the work toward their goal is organized into small steps over time.
Don’t give them complicated projects because I promise you, their brilliant brain is far better at “complicated” than you are! They will take your complex plan and make it even more so.
So instead, literally come up with “Step 1” – “Step 2” – “Step 3” etc.
If you do these two things for your Bamboo person, you may end up with a lifelong client! Of course, they’ll probably next be contacting you about their new career or upcoming move!
Are you a Bamboo?
If you relate to the above but you weren’t born in one of the years listed, we may find these patterns by reading your face instead. They can be found in your birth date, or your features, or both.
There’s so much more to know about the Bamboo personality type. And there are eight other types as well! This is what I teach in my workshops.
If you’d like to learn how to coach, counsel or help transform people’s lives, it’s essential to know how to understand each of them because of course there’s no one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to human beings.
I hope you’ll join me at one of the Discover Your Inner Design workshops – Click here to see more!