Bending with - 24-1-2013


The bamboo bends with the wind upon the arrival of  stormy days and resumes its upright position when the storm ceases.  Bamboo personifies the life of simplicity — like a self-cultivated scholar in hermitage, it is ready to render services when called upon.

The willow is one of the few trees with so much flexibility that it can bend in outrageous poses without snapping – a powerful metaphor with a message telling us to adjust with life rather than fight it.

Whether it is the simplicity of a bamboo or the flexibility of a willow, both can be used to signify humility as well:

A bamboo can never ever be full of itself because of its hollow middle

No matter how tall and strong a willow tree has grown

It will always remember how to take a bow.

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The bow tie is originated among Croatian mercenaries during the Prussian wars of the 17th century.

It has evolved from a scarf used to tie around the neck in order to hold together the opening of their shirts to a ribbon of fabric tied around the collar in a symmetrical manner such that the two opposite ends form loops.

The most traditional bow ties are usually of a fixed length and are made for a specific size neck.

Bow ties tend to be associated with particular professions, such as architects, finance receipt collectors, attorneys, university professors, teachers, waiters and politicians.

During the 1980s, bow ties have made their way into women wears for professional women, especially in law, banking, and the corporate world, donning very conservative tailored suits, mostly skirted suits.

Although the necktie is more prominent in today’s society, it is equally appropriate to wear either a bow tie or a necktie with a dinner jacket.




Bowing (also called stooping) is a gesture of respect and is commonly used in greeting, showing gratitude or apology, during meeting and when departing.

Bowing is an integral part of traditional martial arts, which is used to begin and end practice, sparring bouts and competitions, and when entering and leaving the dojo, or practice room.

Let’s look at some examples of bowing in religious setting:

  •  Zen Buddhism has a daily ritual in which practitioners do 1,080 full prostration bows, usually spread throughout the day.
  • In the Hindu religious tradition, people show deference by bowing or kneeling down and touching the feet of an elder or respected person
  • In Islam, there are two types of ritual bowing in which one is done during daily prayer while the other is to praise Allah and glorify Him.
  • In Christian liturgy, bowing is a sign of respect or deference.
  • In the Jewish setting, bowing, similar to in Christianity, is a sign of respect, and is done at certain points in Jewish services.

Bowing is most prominent in Asian cultures but it is also typical of nobility and aristocracy in many countries and distinctively in Europe.

Sometimes the gesture may be limited to lowering the head such as in Indonesia. It is especially prominent in China, Korea, Taiwan, Japan, and Vietnam where it may be executed standing or kneeling.


Lovely songs are great arrows, but there has to be a bow.

And the following video is the bow of a song I would like to share .

May you all  enjoy reading this post!

Till then,

Cheers & TTFN!

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