A LESSON IN PATIENCE!
The Chinese bamboo plant starts as a tiny and seemingly insignificant seed. If you decide to plant the seed of a Chinese bamboo plant, you would be taught a lesson in patience. The exercise in Chinese bamboo plant is not for the microwave generation. There is no quick fix when it comes to the Chinese bamboo plant.
A year after you have planted the seed, no matter all the efforts you have put in, you will only have a tiny shoot that pokes out of the ground. If you belong to the class of the feeble minded, a category of men of little faith, you will be tempted to want to give up. For at such a time, it would seem easier for you to believe that nothing will come out of this tree, than to stand in faith.
If you however are one of the zealous and ambitious individuals of our world, you will probably continue to water this seed. Some of you could actually go much further than that, by adding fertilizer to the ground. A few others could go as far as putting protective hedges around the plantation. But when it comes to a Chinese bamboo tree plant, all your efforts will still not yield any tangible result outwardly.
I decided to choose the story of the Chinese bamboo plant, for I feel it is the best example to illustrate the lesson I am trying to pass across in this week’s piece. PRIVATE PHILOSOPHY DETERMINES PUBLIC PERFORMANCE (Part 1):A LESSON IN PATIENCE!
What is happening to that bamboo tree, one year, two years and running is a lesson in private philosophy, that goes a long way to eventually determine public performance.
In this school of thought, as with the Chinese bamboo plant, it is the depth and quality of preparation that determines the public performance. It is similar to the story of our lord Jesus Christ, when he had to go through a thirty year period of preparation, to be able to spectacularly carry out his historic ministry in three short years.
“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” ― Abraham Lincoln
To be continued tomorrow with the following points:
- The importance of Hope in being successful
- The key of persistence