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The Amazing Chinese Bamboo Plant

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The Chinese Bamboo plant starts from a tiny seed. You plant the seed in the dirt, and you water the seed. Very little seems to happen the first year. Despite your efforts, only a tiny shoot pokes out of the ground. So..the se ond year you water and fertili!e and prote t the seed.."othing happens. So..the third year you water and fertili!e and prote t the seed.."othing happens. So..the fourth year you water and fertili!e and prote t the seed.."othing happens. So..the fifth year you water and fertili!e and prote t the seed..#inally, during the fifth year, the Chinese Bamboo plant begins to grow. $n fa t, it grows %& feet tall in 'ust ( weeks) The *uestion is, did it grow %& feet in si+ weeks or in fi,e years- The answer, of ourse, is that it grew %& feet in fi,e years. $t took fi,e years to grow the root system that would one day support a %&.foot plant. /eople are often like the Chinese Bamboo plant. 0e in,est hours and hours trying to de,elop oursel,es or others, and nothing happens. 0e spend years dis ipling our hildren to follow the 1ord, but..nothing happens. 0e hold ountless meetings with our staff members to oa h them in the de,elopment of their strengths and de,elopmental areas, but.nothing happens. 0e redouble our efforts to help a friend make better de isions, but.nothing happens.
If youre like most people, you will be tempted to give up. Dont do it! If you give up, the seeds you planted will die. ut if you !ontinue to !are for the seeds, one day "when you least e#pe!t it$ the results of your labor will seem to magi!ally appear overnight!

$f the Chinese Bamboo plant immediately shot up %& feet in the first year, one strong wind would blow it down. By growing deep before it grows tall, it gains the strength it needs to withstand the for e of hea,y winds. Similarly, lasting growth starts on the inside of people. $t2s diffi ult to see that hange is taking pla e, but this is a ne essary pro ess. The growing they do on the inside reates strength of hara ter and on,i tion. Don2t gi,e up hope) Your efforts will be rewarded) 3n e the root system is established, your growth or the growth of those you are oa hing will spring up seemingly o,ernight)