Better To Bend Than To Break
A wax seal necklace – Better To Bend Than To Break.
The words framing this piece reads in French:
Mieux Vaut Rompre Que Plier
(better to bend than to break).
The ancient Aesop childhood fable “the Oak and the Reeds”.
Adapt and survive.
Better to give a little when it is folly to resist,
than to resist stubbornly and be destroyed.
Sometimes you have to stoop to conquer.
The Aesop fable:
A Giant Oak stood near a brook in which grew some slender Reeds. When the wind blew, the great Oak stood proudly upright with its hundred arms uplifted to the sky. But the Reeds bowed low in the wind and sang a sad and mournful song.
“You have reason to complain,” said the Oak. “The slightest breeze that ruffles the surface of the water makes you bow your heads, while I, the mighty Oak, stand upright and firm before the howling tempest.”
“Do not worry about us,” replied the Reeds. “The winds do not harm us. We bend and so we do not break. You, in all your pride and strength, have so far resisted their blows. But the end is coming.”
As the Reeds spoke a great hurricane rushed out of the north. The Oak stood proudly and fought against the storm, while the yielding Reeds bowed low. The wind redoubled in fury, broke a large branch, and then, all at once the great tree fell, torn up by the roots, and lay among the pitying Reeds.