Process of internal growth: Japanese bamboo
You don’t have to be a farmer to know that a good harvest requires good seed, good fertilizer and constant watering. It is also obvious that who cultivates the earth does not become impatient in front of the sown seed, talking to it with the risk of spoiling it, shouting with all his might: “Grow up, please!”.
There is something very curious that happens with Japanese bamboo and makes it unfit for impatience: you sow the seed, you fertilize it, and you constantly take care of watering it.
During the first few months nothing appreciable happens. Really nothing happens to the seed for the first seven years, to the point that an inexperienced grower would be convinced to have bought infertile seeds.
However, during the seventh year, in a period of only six weeks, the bamboo plant grows more than 30 meters! It only took six weeks to grow? No, the truth is it took seven years and six weeks to develop.
During the first seven years of apparent inactivity, this bamboo was generating a complex root system that would allow it to sustain growth which it was to have after seven years.
However, in everyday life, we often want to find quick solutions and hasty triumphs, without understanding that success is simply result of internal growth and that it takes time.
Likewise, it is necessary to understand that many times we will face situations in which we believe that nothing is happening.
And this can be extremely frustrating.
In those moments (which we all have), remember the ripening cycle of the Japanese bamboo, and accept that “as long as we don’t let our arms down” or abandon by not “seeing” the result we expect, something truly is happening, within us …
We’re growing up, maturing.
Those who do not give up, gradually and imperceptibly create habits and temper that will allow them to sustain success when it finally materializes.
If you don’t get what you want, don’t despair … maybe you’re just taking root …