Like any other plant, the growth of the Chinese Bamboo tree requires nurturing, water, fertile soil and sunshine. In its first year, there are no visible signs of activity. In the second year again, no growth above the soil. By the fourth year, our patience is tested and we wonder if our efforts will ever be rewarded.
Finally, in the fifth year you see what can only be described as a miracle. We experience growth and what a growth it is! The Chinese bamboo tree grows 80 feet in just six weeks!
People often wonder, does the Chinese bamboo tree really grow 80 feet in six weeks or does it lay dormant for four years only to grow exponentially in the fifth? Or was the little tree growing underground, developing a root system strong enough to support its potential for outward growth in the fifth year and beyond? The answer is not far-fetched.
Had the tree not developed a strong unseen foundation it could not have sustained its life as it grew. The same principle is true for people. People, who patiently toil towards worthwhile dreams and goals, building strong character while overcoming adversity and challenge, grow the strong internal foundation to handle success, while get-rich-quicker and opportunists are unable to sustain unearned sudden wealth.
Had the Chinese bamboo tree farmer dug up his little seed every year to see if it was growing, he would have stunted the Chinese Bamboo tree’s growth as surely as a caterpillar is doomed to a life on the ground if it is freed from its struggle inside a cocoon prematurely.
The Chinese Bamboo tree teaches us success lessons on patience, faith, perseverance, growth & development and most surprising of all human potential which is unlimited if properly nurtured.