I watched an inspirational video this week about the process of growing a moso bamboo plant and I had to share. Below I’ve included a link to the seven and a half minute video if you’d like the long and set to calming zen music version. If not, I’ll sum it up the best I can.
To grow a moso bamboo plant, you must first acquire a piece of moso bamboo stock. Next, dig a hole three feet deep and bury the stock. Finally, water the little patch of dirt every day, 365 days per year; seriously, every day.
If you miss a day, the bamboo will not grow.
For the first year after you’ve planted your stock and watered it every day…nothing seems to happen.
The second year, you continue to water every day and…nothing seems to happen.
Fourth year…STILL NOTHING!
In the fifth year, or some say on the 1825th day, a sprout breaks through the soil and begins to grow.
The bamboo grows three feet every twenty four hours! It continues to grow every day and can grow up to 90 feet in six weeks.
So, what on Earth was happening for those five years of tending, waiting, and watering?
The plant was putting down and expanding its roots; roots vast enough and deep enough to support the unprecedented growth it knew would come.
I think the message is pretty apparent, but I love that it can apply to anyone. Writers, artists, parents, athletes, business owners, anyone who has a goal: you cannot predict the day that your dream will shoot from the ground and skyrocket toward the stars, but if you remain committed, amazing things will happen.
Are you putting down your roots? What are you doing to nurture your dreams?