Chinese Bamboo Tree and its Message
Hey, everyone… I was feeling kinda’ wimpy today, so right before breakfast, I began searching for some motivational stuff on the internet to get psyched up about the great life and opportunities that are ours. I came across some blogs and videos on the Chinese Bamboo tree. It’s such a great story I started jotting down my own ideas as I read, and now I will share them with you.
When the Chinese gardener plants the bamboo seed, he begins the arduous process of watering and tending the soil.
The first year, there is no stem or leaf. He continues to water…
The second year, there is still no growth visible above the ground. He continues to water…
Year three, the watering has continued but there is still no sign of life from the planted seed. And yet, he continues to water…
The fourth year rolls around and the patient gardener faithfully tends the patch of earth where he expects to one day see the bamboo tree emerge to seek the sun.
As the fifth year approaches, the gardener’s excitement begins to build. Finally, the first sight of the Chinese Bamboo tree breaks through the ground and begins to grow. The effort that has gone into ensuring the life of the bamboo comes to fruition.film Breathe online streaming
In just six weeks, a full growing season, the Bamboo goes from it’s emergence above ground to some 80 feet tall.
The question is… did the Bamboo grow that tall in just six weeks? Or did it attain such height in 5 years. The answer, of course, is 5 years. Even though it was below the dirt, the seed’s DNA was preparing it for its coming out party… and from the strength and maturity derived from 5 years of struggling, the Bamboo grows.
It’s like that as we pursue our vision, or dream, if you prefer. We get our start as a seedling and, long before the pod of our lives opens up, we have a sliver of a picture in our mind’s eye of what we will look like in years to come.
As time goes by, the pressures of the world – much like the dirt surrounding the bamboo tree – help us to grow, as life and the dirt press in around us. Hard work, experiences, mentors, and faith – much like water feeding the bamboo – continually feed us.
By keeping our eyes on our dream, we persevere against the odds and one day it happens! The bright sunlight of success begins to beat down on us. It makes us feel different! Stronger, smarter, battle tested… suddenly success is easier, more fun and available in greater quantities. It seems like just weeks, and yet we have grown much more confident and thankful as we reach out and grasp our vision.
Looking back, we realize that it was facing our fears and the long process of growth that prepared us for what we’ve attained. Without it, there is no breaking through the ground to sunlight. Success is in our DNA. But that is only if we are willing to be crushed under immense pressure to one day emerge as a diamond.
Avoid the pressures of the world and you will remain a lump of coal. As all things available to us in life, the choice is ours. May God bless your journey toward your vision.
Until meet again, I remain in His service and yours. Bye for now.