A great lesson of patience, persistence and hard work can be learned from the story of planting Chinese bamboo. Unlike most other plants, Chinese bamboo is quite unique on its own. When this bamboo is planted, watered, and nurtured for the whole growing season, it does not outwardly develop even just for an inch. Then, on the next growing season, the farmer must continue to irrigate, fertilize and care for the bamboo tree and yet nothing happens – it fails to sprout just the same.
Then in the fifth year they again apply water and fertilizer – and in five weeks’ time the tree grows ninety feet in height!
The obvious question is: Did the Chinese bamboo grow ninety feet in five weeks, or did it grow ninety feet in five years? The answer is: It grew ninety feet in five years. Because if at any time during those five years the people had stopped watering and fertilizing the tree, it would have died.
Many times our dreams and plans appear not to be succeeding. We are tempted to give up and quit trying. Instead, we need to continue to water and fertilize those dreams and plans, nurturing the seeds of the vision we have within us. Because we know that if we do not quit, if we display perseverance and endurance, we will also reap a harvest.
This post is dedicated to those people out there who toil and give everything everyday and it seems like nothing is working,you are getting discouraged, you can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel and it looks like there is no growth. Hang in there.