There’s an amazing bamboo plant called the Moso that grows in China and the far east. After the Moso is planted, no visible growth occurs for up to five years – even under ideal conditions!
Then, as if by magic, this little guys rocks out of the ground at the rate of nearly two and a half feet per day, reaching a full height of ninety feet within six weeks!
But there is no magic. The Moso’s rapid growth is due to the miles of roots it develops during those first five years, five years of getting ready for six weeks of success.
Ya know, there’s a heck of a lot we can learn from that little plant. Imagine it, years go by and this scrawny seedling watches as all the other plants sprout and grow towards the sky. Years go by and on the surface, nothing seems to be happening. Yet its there, growing patiently and slowly, planning, preparing, and persevering.
Thankfully, we don’t have to hang out in the ground for five years before we can start taking off for the sky. Yet, like that plant, there is a lot of behind the scenes work involved before we can truly soar. We have to develop ourselves, we have to build a strong sense of self-discipline, and we have to keep going on through all the challenges around us, no matter what.
Bamboo is awesome ;).