Persistence lessons from a chinese bamboo

We get up from our bed, savor our coffee, take a shower, pull up our socks and get ready to do the next great things !!

We have our dreams. We set our challenges. We fight. We run. We love. We cry. We crib. We quit.

Why ?

We do everything we can, invest our time, efforts and faith to achieve our set goals but then when things going a bit rough why do we give up? And fortunately when things (most probably with a variant) start falling into place we say – “Now, my luck has started showing !”, “It was destined to happen this way at this time.” etc etc..

Be it in personal goals, professional challenges or relationship blues, we put in our efforts but eventually when we don’t see output we withdraw ourselves in all the manners we can.

With hardwork , patience and persistence are also required. Nature has his own way to tell us the secrets. Read on to learn about this one.

Bamboo culture is deeply rooted in the daily life of the Chinese.  Tall and graceful with luxuriant foliage, bamboo is an ideal plant for household courtyards and parks. You can find bamboo just about everywhere in China as long as it can be grown

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.

And as the seasons go in and out, the farmer has to continue caring for the bamboo for four consecutive years. What could really be discouraging is the farmer has nothing substantial to demonstrate for all of his labor in caring and growing the tree. Four lonely years of hard work and caring and yet you have nothing!

And then on the fifth year, something so amazing and incredible Happens!

All the hard work seems to be paid off on the fifth year because that Chinese bamboo tree seed at last grows and not just growing as we normally see with other plants. The bamboo tree shoots up to more than 80 feet all in just one growing season! Now, that is a very astonishing demonstration of the power of nature!

Now, you might be thinking: Did the small tree choose to be inactive for four years and then just decides to grow dramatically on the fifth? I think the answer is quite clear for us to see. The little tree was actually developing itself underground by expanding its root system to make it tough enough to sustain its impending external growth in the fifth year and even beyond.

Now, had the tree failed to build up a strong and able underground foundation, it would be impossible for it to keep on growing when it is time to sprout outside into the outside world.

A great lesson of patience, persistence and hard work can be learn from the story of planting Chinese bamboo.

This story is very much true in our bid to achieve our goals – in our academics, relationships, body, jobs etc. we have to patiently exert efforts in self-discipline, develop the right values and adopt stronger character while at the same time defeat many difficulties and different challenges.

Persistence Pays !!

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