This quietly towering grass provides a wonderful metaphor for personal growth. Its adage reads:
The first year it sleeps
The second year it creeps
The third year it leapsThis leaping has been reported to reach 47" of growth in a single 24 hour period. But as the adage reminds us, the bamboo's take-off did not come overnight.
What an encouraging thought to hold on to when we feel we are putting in effort without seeing much in the way of results. I went through a time of intense personal difficulty of several years duration. I called it 'my 4 years of tears'. It was so difficult and so unyielding that I often despaired of ever feeling happy or even sane again. Then.... seemingly out of nowhere.... and without my even realizing it.... it all went away, and I was healed... permanently.
I was so grateful to know that all the toil and struggle had indeed yielded fruit, in abundance. And that harrowing experience has become a confidence-building victory that has enabled me to more easily meet and vanquish subsequent ugly challenges.
Have you had a bamboo experience of your own? I'd love to hear about it.