The Lesson of Chinese Bamboo
"Developing a firm foundation is important in many areas of life. The Chinese bamboo tree is a good example of this.
When a Chinese bamboo tree seed is planted, even after watering and nurturing it for an entire growing season, the farmer won’t have the pleasure of seeing it grow even one inch. Then, after the second growing season, a season in which the farmer takes extra care to water, fertilize and care for the bamboo tree, the tree still hasn’t sprouted.
This test of patience will go on for four years. The farmer has nothing tangible to show for all of his labor in trying to grow the bamboo tree. Then along comes year five.
In the fifth year the farmer will finally experience the fruits of his labor and that seed will finally sprout and the bamboo tree will grow up to eighty feet in just one growing season! How can this be?
Is it a possibility that the little tree was merely lying dormant for four years, only to grow exponentially in the fifth? Or, is it possible that the little tree was growing underground, developing a root system; one strong enough to support its potential for outward growth in the fifth year and beyond?
The answer is obvious of course. Had the tree not developed a strong unseen foundation, it could not have prospered and grown tall when it finally did sprout."
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