The growth of the Chinese Bamboo requires nurturing – water, fertile soil, sunshine.
In its first year, we see no visible signs of activity.
In the second year, no growth above the soil.
The third, the fourth, still nothing...
Our patience is tested, and we begin to wonder if our efforts (caring, water, etc.) will ever be rewarded.
Finally in the fifth year – a miracle! HUGE GROWTH! The Chinese Bamboo Tree grows 80 feet in just six weeks!
People who patiently WORK towards worthwhile dreams and goals, building strong character while overcoming adversity and challenge, grow the strong internal foundation to handle success ... while get-rich-quickers and lottery winners usually are unable to sustain unearned sudden wealth.
Had the farmer dug up his little seed every year to see if it was growing, he would have stunted/ruined the Chinese Bamboo Tree's growth.
The Bamboo is a perfect parallel to our own experience with personal growth & success.
It's never easy.
It's slow to show any progress.
It’s frustrating and unrewarding at times.
It's natural to want to quit & start over.
But IF you stick it out...it's sooooo worth it.
Did you water your bambootoday?