In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Symbol.”

The bamboo is the fastest growing plant on the planet, it can grow 3 feet in 24 hours under appropriate conditions. It also releases more oxygen and absorbs more carbon dioxide from the atmosphere than any other plant, helping to decrease the amount of greenhouse gases. In many Asian cultures bamboo holds a lot of symbolism and imparts valuable lessons – like in the Japanese culture where it symbolizes strength, resilience and more; here are 5 symbolisms of the bamboo tree and the lessons we can learn from it.

STRENGTH: Like the bamboo, when the strong winds blow, bend but don’t break.

READINESS: Unlike other wood bamboo needs very little processing, always be ready for action.

RESILIENCE: It bears the weight of the snow in winter but springs right back after the snow melts. Be resilient.

GIVE UP THE NEGATIVE: Like the hollow bamboo, we need to empty our minds of our fears and prejudices in order to receive new knowledge and change.

GROWTH: Bamboo is the fastest growing plant. Give in to continuous growth.IMG_4546bamboo