The Lesson of the Chinese Bamboo

For my internship, every intern has to read a book by a local health leader called On Target Living Nutrition by Chris Johnson. I’m halfway through it already and I’m in love with this book. As I was reading it, I came across the story of the Chinese Bamboo tree that I wanted to share.

During the first four years they water and fertilize the plant with seemingly little or no results. The in the fifth year they again apply water and fertilizer – and in five weeks’ time the tree grows ninety feet in height!

So, did the tree grow in five years or five weeks? Five years of course! If at any time the tree had not been watered or given nutrients then chances are good that it would have died.

Just because you are not “seeing” results does not mean that change and growth is not occurring. We get tempted to give up because we are not changing as fast as we want to, but growth does not happen overnight. It takes time, and we need to continue to “water and fertilize” our dreams and plans to see them come to fruition.

I would definitely recommend reading this book to any who are looking for a good health or “diet” book to read. I use quotes because this isn’t a quick fix. As we all know (or should know), diets are a way of life that include far more than just what we eat for a short period of time.


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