Chinese Bamboo Tree

Chinese Bamboo Tree

bamboo treeI know many of you going through times where you doubt yourself, feeling discouraged and not feeling good enough. Whenever I go through those moments I always read Chines Bamboo Tree story. It’s my instant pick me up. Remember , you have to keep going, you have to keep fighting. It’s not going to be easy but it’s going to be worth it.

“Like any plant, growth of the Chinese Bamboo Tree requires nurturing through water, fertile soil, and sunshine.

In its first year though, we see no visible signs of growth in spite of providing all of these things.
In the second year (again), there is no growth above the soil.

The third, fourth year…still show no signs of anything happening.

Our patience is tested, and we begin to wonder if our efforts caring for and watering the tree will ever be rewarded. We start to doubt ourselves and question the value of our efforts. Inevitably, we contemplate quitting.

But then finally in the fifth year – something amazing happens…

The Chinese Bamboo Tree grows 80 feet tall in just six weeks!

But think for a moment, does the Chinese Bamboo Tree really grow 80 feet in six weeks? Did the Chinese Bamboo Tree lie dormant for four years only to grow exponentially in the fifth?

Or, was the little tree growing underground, developing a root system strong enough to support its potential for outward growth in the fifth year and beyond?

The answer is (of course) obvious. Had the tree not developed a strong unseen foundation it could not have sustained its life as it grew. 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. Meanwhile get-rich-quickers and lottery winners usually are unable to sustain unearned sudden wealth. They haven’t become the person they need to be to support such success.

And had the Chinese Bamboo Tree farmer dug up his little seed every year to see if it was growing, he would have stunted the tree’s growth. In other words, the actions caused by self-doubt would’ve halted the miracle from ever taking shape and cause him to go backwards.

You and I are the same. It takes faith to work while you wait. It takes belief in yourself to keep going. It takes confidence to trust that you always get paid for how hard you work – sometimes now, often times later, always eventually.

You have to keep going. You have to keep fighting. As Zig Ziglar said you have to keep pumping!
Success is always slower than we want but it’s worth it. The only questions are how bad do you want it? And how long are you willing to work for it?”

Rory Vaden

Things Do Get Better

1This photo made me smile ear to ear. You might not know who she is especially if you don’t live in UK.

Her name is Katie Piper. She was/still is a beautiful girl who had a promising future as a TV presenter. After her split up from her boyfriend, he attacked her with acid in the middle of the street and disfigured her face beyond recognition and she lost her vision on one eye. She had to have more than 30 operations and she said she didn’t want to live anymore at that time.

In her book ‘ Things Get Better’ she tells her story in detail and I was left in tears so many times BUT she has found the strength to live and followed her dream to become a TV presenter despite all the pain and suffering she had to go through.

Today she is a successful TV presenter, an author of a best selling book, a mum and on Friday she married to love of her life.

This photo proves that no matter what happens to us, how hopeless the situation might have seem, even at times we might not want to live anymore THINGS DO GET BETTER.


Benefits of Tree Hugging

aI regularly go for a long walks in the park. During these walks I hug a few trees too. It makes me connected, grounded, grateful and refreshed.

There are a lot of misconceptions on this but here are some of the scientific facts of tree hugging to put everything in perfective. Next time when you go for a walk why not give one of them a hug?

‘Although constantly ridiculed and maligned to this very day, tree hugging is a scientifically valid practice. Often ridden off as the practice of hippies and crackpots, tree hugging is actually a proven way of soothing the body.

Firstly, we know that at its core, every atom vibrates. And every object possessing these atoms vibrates at different frequencies. As explored by Matthew Silverstone in his book Blinded by Science, trees have unique vibrational patterns which cause positive changes in our biological behaviours when touched.

It’s been proven for instance, that drinking a glass of water treated with 10Hz vibration immediately changes blood coagulation rates. So next time you’re near a tree, expect to literally receive good vibrations.

The act of hugging itself is also beneficial. Hugging increases levels of the hormone oxytocin. This hormone is responsible for the feelings of calmness and emotional bonding. Giving a hug also releases the hormones serotonin and dopamine, that are responsible for making you happier. Hugging a tree is a breath of fresh air. Literally.

The freshest air you can breathe is under a tree. This is because a trees leaves serve as filters of the the air, removing dust and providing you with cleaner air. The health benefits of breathing cleaner air are: enhanced digestion, lower blood pressure, and a happier mood. Trees are more connected to the earth than any of us, yet we rip them up, chop them down and generally annihilate them. Why not give one of them a hug?’