Persistence Leads to Growth… Over Time

Good Things Come To Those Who Wait

For many years, I’ve been encouraged by a parable about a Chinese Bamboo tree: I’ve read many accounts of this story, and found that Zig Ziglar, the 21st century prophet of all things inspirational and growth oriented tells this parable: According to Zig, the Chinese bamboo tree when planted, watered, and nurtured doesn’t show signs of outward growth in its first year. The same is true of year Two.  And year Three. And year Four. For four solid years it appears as if the bamboo tree is destined not to grow.   However, In the fifth year the Chinese bamboo tree seed finally sprouts and the bamboo tree grows up to 90 feet. The essential question that the parable begs: “Does the bamboo tree lie dormant for four years only to grow exponentially in the fifth? Or, is the tree growing underground, developing a foundation that will support its potential during the first four years?”

Just sit with this parable for a moment. The parable reminds me of a time when I was on a panel that was deciding whether students in a leadership development course were to pass or fail. The lead instructor believed that a particular student should fail, because he didn’t evidence the growth that is typically seen in the duration of the course. I disagreed with the judgment, because I didn’t believe that we could determine when life would call on him to utilize the leadership principles that he’d learned in the course. It was my judgment that it was quite likely that the student had learned and stored all of the principles and information he needed to make useful leadership decisions, when necessary.

Are there situations in your life to which the Chinese Bamboo parable might apply? Do you hasten to judge yourself, your children or your employees when you don’t see immediate results for time and effort you’ve invested in them? We are living in a word of that demands immediate response and reward.

The question of the week: Are you trusting the process of growth and development?

Beyond a healthy discipline, let nature take its course! Keep providing nourishment, light and rest. Trust that results will come in time.

Have a great week. As always, I welcome your comments and discussion on this topic.

– Tess

Copyright 2011

Destiny Rising, LLC

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Joyce
    Feb 14, 2011 @ 15:57:29

    People have different And unique ways of using their knowledge, often based on their personality. A shy or retiring person does not flaunt their learning but quietly applies it, unnoticed. I enjoyed your thoughts, they deserve some pondering.

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  2. Kristy
    Feb 21, 2011 @ 08:16:45

    Tess – This was so good. It is funny, because God has given me this same message several times this week in different ways and through different people. I’m off today and so I’m catching up on some things I haven’t had time for … like your post. Anyway, it is good to be reminded in a fast paced world to allow others to grow as well. I work with teens and I continue to plant seeds and try to water. Thanks for reminding me to wait for them to bloom. 🙂

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