How often have I walked in My Garden and not looked at what’s beneath my feet?
When I have the time to take a walk, I would often take the time to admire
the grass. Grass doesn’t make a fuss. It doesn’t try to be beautiful or
outstanding. It doesn’t want to attract attention. It is so humble that it
even allows people to walk all over it. Yet, it possess such strength.
It glows in healthy green despite being stepped all over, and when a
typhoon strikes and all the flowers die and all the trees get uprooted,
humble grass survives. And humble grass, in its own humble way,
provides food for animals, shelter for insects, and joy to some funny
guy walking past. I think a virtuous man should be like grass.
Humble, unnoticed, yet possessing great strength and kindness.
– Tan Chade Meng
More ancient wisdom:
If you think in terms of a year, plant a seed; if in terms of ten years, plant trees; if in terms of 100 years, teach the people.