This reminded me of something that one of our new teachers said to me last year, after she'd been in Mumbai for around a month. She said there are times when you have to be like an oak. You have to have deep and strong roots, which are your values. You have to ensure that you stay true to these as they support you through the storms. Oaks live for hundreds of years and survive a lot. At other times you need to be like a willow. A willow is flexible and bends with the winds. Bending also allows the willow to survive. Her point was that at times you need to be like a willow too. Sometimes things are very different in Mumbai than where you came from. You need to be flexible and to go with the flow.
The secret to making a success out of life in India is simply this: you need know when you need to be an oak and when you need to be a willow.
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