#MondayThoughts: The Chinese Bamboo Tree

Inspirational short Story 1: Patience – The Chinese Bamboo Tree

A Californian author and self-confessed amateur gardener, Rick Warren, once shared this great inspiring story on patience, persistence and hard work. Do not be amazed on what can be learned from planting Chinese bamboo.

Unlike most other plants, Chinese bamboo is quite unique on its own. When this bamboo is planted, watered, and nurtured for the whole growing season, it does not outwardly develop even just for an inch. Then, on the next growing season, the farmer must continue to irrigate, fertilize and care for the bamboo tree and yet nothing happens – it fails to sprout just the same.

And as the seasons go in and out, the farmer has to continue caring for the bamboo for four consecutive years. What could really be discouraging is the farmer has nothing substantial to demonstrate for all of his labor in caring and growing the tree. Four lonely years of hard work and caring and yet you have nothing!

And then on the fifth year…

the bamboo tree shoots up to more than 80 feet all in just one growing season! Now, that is a very astonishing demonstration of the power of nature!

Now, you might be thinking: Did the small tree loll inactive for four years and then just decides to grow dramatically on the fifth? I think the answer is quite clear for us to see. The little tree was actually developing itself underground by expanding its root system to make it tough enough to sustain its impending external growth in the fifth year and even beyond.

Now, had the tree failed to build up a strong and able underground foundation, it would be impossible for it to keep on growing when it is time to sprout outside into the outside world.

The same principle is true for people. People, who patiently toil towards worthwhile dreams and goals, building strong character while overcoming adversity and challenge, grow the strong internal foundation to handle success, while get-rich- quickers and lottery winners usually are unable to sustain unearned sudden wealth.

Had the Chinese bamboo farmer dug up his little seed every year to see if it was growing, he would have stunted the tree’s growth as surely as a caterpillar is doomed to a life on the ground if it is freed from its struggle inside a cocoon prematurely. The struggle in the cocoon is what gives the future butterfly the wing power to fly!

May this short story on the Chinese Bamboo inspire you to develop the patience and hard work to succeed in life!

Stay inspired and keep rising.

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#MondayThoughts: Persistence Pays

Persistence guarantees that results are inevitable. – Paramahansa Yogananda

It starts with an idea which sprouts up thoughts. Those thoughts begin to formulate a dream and that dream inspires your being, totally.

Chip away, keep plugging at it, water it. However you want to phrase it, the main course of action is being persistent in your pursuit. As you continually pursue your goals and dreams, one way or another you are bound to get there. Your persistence will be rewarded.

Stay inspired and keep rising.


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#MondayThoughts: Turning Point

When you are faced with a challenge you reach a turning point. Either you turn and run away or you turn in the direction the challenge and meet it head on. – Syl

The odds may be against you. What you must face seems formidable. Sure, you can go into the opposite direction but then you live with that “what could have been” thought lingering in your mind.

We are capable of achieving great things when we set our mind, heart and spirit in motion as one. What looks impossible or what looks like an insurmountable task can be made possible or overcome. Do not short change yourself. We never need to settle for the path of least resistance. Every new day is an opportunity to rise above it all.

Stay inspired, rise on.

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Faith Through It All

Whether the water is warm or cold

I walk on it

Whether the water is calm or turbulent

I walk on it

No matter how life looks or how hard it seems

I live it


And I walk onward


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#MondayThoughts: Through The Muck

When we consciously tie our most significant dreams to our daily actions, we pull ourselves out of the muck and step firmly onto the path that leads to success.

Richie Norton

Life is not a smooth path. Our feet get dirty and roughed up as we come to the uneven and muddy terrain on our path. We are delayed and sometimes find ourselves stuck but we must not allow ourselves to become fully entrenched and sink deeper.

The pursuit of a dream requires that you step towards that dream and take another step forward until you stand in the middle of realization. Your dreams will come true regardless of how quickly or slowly you get there. Just keep picking those feet up and moving forward.

Stay inspired!


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Friday Inspiration: Not Over


By far
There are more lines to write
More paragraphs to compose
And more chapters to continue


Universal scale
Tilted towards disappointment
But the faithful sower
Knows a bountiful harvest will come soon


Fully aware of what God can do
Do not be led by the illusion
Of false circumstances
Each time God says He can
I listen
I believe
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Monday Motitvation: The Comeback

The situation may change everyday and no matter what, the harder things are, the harder you are pushed back, comeback and push back even harder at your difficulties. To get where we need to go, we have to keep moving forward, not standing still…


“All of us at one point end face up in a ditch, but only a few will choose to look up at the stars and dream.”
Shannon L. Alder

“Learn and train yourself to take the hits in life. Obstacles, barriers and setbacks will come. What matters is how you tackle them, work your way around or find your way through them.”

“Remember that setbacks are only challenges in disguise. Look at them as lessons . . . don’t waste time beating yourself up. Just get back on track and focus on what you want. It’s up to you , and you will do it!”
Jorge Cruise


Video: Les Brown “Easy Is Not An Option”

quotes: Muhammad Ali, Shannon L. Adler, Roopleen, Jorge Cruise, MMA