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 labour 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? 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 learnt 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.