Do you know how a bamboo tree grows? It is different from most trees in that it doesn’t grow in the usual fashion. While most trees grow steadily over a period of years, the bamboo tree doesn’t break through the ground for the first 4 years. Then, in the 5th year, the tree begins to grow at an astonishing rate. In fact, in a period of just 6 weeks, a bamboo tree can grow to a height of 90 feet. It’s almost as if you can actually see the tree growing before you.
Life is like the growing process of the bamboo tree. You can work for weeks, months and even years on your dream with no visible signs of progress and then, all of the sudden, things take off. Your business becomes profitable, your marriage becomes more vibrant and passionate, your contribution to the community becomes more significant. Yet, all of this requires faith. The growers of the bamboo tree have faith that if they keep watering and fertilizing the ground, the tree will break through. You must have the same kind of faith in your bamboo tree. You must have faith that if you keep making the calls, honing your craft, reading to your children, reaching out to your spouse or asking for donations, that you too will see rapid growth in the future.
This is the hard part for most of us. We get so excited about the idea that’s been planted inside of us that we simply can’t wait for it to blossom. Therefore, within days or weeks of the initial planting, we become discouraged and begin to second guess ourselves. Sometimes, in our doubt, we dig up our seed and plant it elsewhere, in hopes that it will quickly rise in more fertile ground. But we are then disappointed when our tree doesn’t grow any faster in the new land.
Other times, people will water the ground for a time but then, quickly become discouraged. They start to wonder if it’s worth all of the effort. This is particularly true when they see their neighbors having success with other trees. They start to question, “Why am I trying to grow a bamboo tree? If I had planted a lemon tree, I’d have a few lemons by now.”
What we fail to realize is that pursuing our dream is a sure thing if we just don’t give up. So long as we keep watering and fertilizing our dream, it will come to fruition. It may take weeks, months, or even years, but eventually, the roots will take hold and your tree will grow. And when it does, it will grow in remarkable ways. Everyone has a bamboo tree inside just waiting to break through. So keep watering and believing and you too will be flying high before you know it.