The Chinese Bamboo

Rahul Dravid, one of the most celebrated cricketers in India, once said talking about patience, “My wife and I have built a new home with a lovely garden which houses lovely bamboo trees. I got reading on the Chinese bamboo and learned that the tree takes 5 years, 3 months to grow to its whole height of 80 feet. Yet, for the first 5 years, you only see a tiny green shoot, but in the next 90 days, it grows into a full-fledged tree. But in those first 60 months, it is growing its strong network of roots underground, to support the tree.  In an era of instant gratification, we settle for shorter trees, but remember patience has its reward. These are your years of growing that strong network of roots but be sure when you finally achieve your success, people will call it “overnight success”. If only they knew of the Chinese bamboo!”

chinese_bambooLife is also such. If we allow ourselves to develop a strong understanding about our aptitude and an attitude in accordance with that during our formative years, it establishes a firm foundation for everything we pursue in the life. But we want everything instantly. This makes us impatient. Instead of reviewing the strategy, we tend to give up a task if it takes long for our efforts to deliver. Success takes time. There is nothing called “overnight success”. It takes a lot of hard work to succeed. We should keep doing our karma in the right direction and wait for the right time to enjoy the taste of the fruit. Also, we need to know when the right time strikes.

May the world be patient and consistent! We wish you all good! 🙂

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