It Takes Time to Grow!


From a motivational speech by Les Brown.

A Chinese bamboo tree takes five years to grow. It has to be watered and fertilized in the ground where it has been planted every day. It doesn’t break through the ground for five years. After five years, once it breaks through the ground, it will grow 90 feet tall in five weeks! The question is did the Chinese bamboo tree grow 90 feet tall in five weeks or in five years? The answer is obvious, it grows 90 feet tall in 5 years. If at any time that person stopped watering and fertilizing that tree, it would die in the ground. Some people do not have the patience to wait for the tree to grow, yet many people do.  It takes time to grow!

Reflection Question:  What is something in your life that took a long time to achieve?  OR What are you patiently nurturing in your life with the hopes that you will eventually succeed?