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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

The Parable of the Chinese Bamboo Tree


One of my favorites:)
The Parable of the Chinese Bamboo Tree 

"In everything you do in your family, keep in mind the miracle of the Chinese bamboo tree. After the seed for this amazing tree is planted, you see nothing, absolutely nothing, for four years except for a tiny shoot coming out of a bulb. During those four years, all the growth is underground in a massive, fibrous root structure that spreads deep and wide in the earth. But then in the the fifth year the Chinese bamboo tree grows up to eighty feet!

Many things in family life are like the Chinese bamboo tree. You work and you invest time and effort, and you do everything you can possibly do to nurture growth, and sometimes you don't see anything for weeks, months, or even years. But if you're patient and keep working and nurturing, that "fifth year" will come, and you will be astonished at the growth and change you see taking place.

 Patience is faith in action. Patience is emotional diligence. It's the willingness to suffer inside so that others can grow. It reveals love. It gives birth to understanding."

From The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families by Stephen R. Covey (pp. 22-23)



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2 comments:

  1. Sometimes it's hard to see the growth until you step back and take a big look!

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  2. Various ethics and philosophies are related with Bamboo Tree .

    They are

    Be patient
    Be caring
    Do not give up
    learn to give without hoping to get returns
    Make nice practices ,follow them regularly

    etc etc.

    says


    http://www.indiangiftguru.com/113_580/subcategory/Potted-Plants/Bamboo-Tree/

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