The story of an oak tree and a reed

The Oak tree always thought that he was far stronger than the reeds.

He said to himself 'I stand upright in storm. I don't bend my head in fear every time the wind blows. But these reeds are really so weak.'

That very night blew a storm and the mighty oak tree was uprooted.

'Thank god!' sighed the reeds, 'Our way is better. We bend but we don't break."