Have you heard of Chinese bamboo trees? Okay, this is the short version:As with all plants, when planting Chinese bamboo trees from seeds, it requires sunlight, good soil, and constant care. But when I do it all, I don’t see anything in the first year.
Until then, most people can give up and move on. The seed is dying.
However, if you continue to water and grow the seeds, trees will sprout in the fifth year. And when that happens, it can grow up to 80 feet in just 6 weeks!
The metaphor here is very obvious. Be patient, be careful, and don’t give up. you understand.
This is clearly very moving in the first half of 2020 and is like an endless lockdown with no immediate results. It’s easy to give up, don’t worry about social distance, and feel like our efforts aren’t going well. But we keep the course and remember that our dedication and care make a difference.
This bamboo metaphor also resonated with me deeper than in the near future. In the “ordinary” era, she looked like both her mother and leader. I am responsible for the professional growth and income generation of people to keep the company healthy. From time to time, it can be seen by all of us who water, grow and grow, but nothing seems to sprout. Reading this story reminded us that we have been patient and consistent even after we got out of this pandemic. Something is happening, even if it doesn’t look “on the surface”. By striving towards our goals, you won’t get immediate results, even a little bit every day, but if we stay on the course, we’ll get them in the long run.
But wait, there’s more! This species does not just grow underground (intended for puns). It builds resilience, stores nutrients, and develops a strong network of roots beneath the surface for future growth on earth. [Interesting fact: If you dig a seed before it has germinated and is ready to germinate, it will also die. Therefore, patience and trust in the process is key.]
We learn, build knowledge, network, make friends, give and receive love, and take care of our bodies, minds, and future growth, both professionally and personally, every day. With that in mind, what we do is not a waste of time. If we invest in this process, invest in ourselves, stay consistent, don’t give up, and don’t expect immediate profits, we’ll wake up someday and realize we’re where we need it. You can … 80 feet of bamboo that appeared in the woods thanks to our care.
So keep watering the seeds. Your work is important. Your concern is important. Your experience is important. Your investment is important. It’s worth it in the long run.
And yes, I reviewed the bamboo tree story, and it’s not just a horticultural story with a simple metaphor, but a “horticultural” truth.
A new respect for bamboo trees and Chinese farmers who have learned this for 5 years!