Post-Christmas Resolution, Day 339 – Giving Time For A Bamboo

“Actually, I’m an overnight success, but it took twenty years”

— Monty Hall

Bamboo can grow at a rate of two inches per hour. But the poor bamboo farmer has a problem. It may grow quickly, but bamboo takes a long time to break the surface. A farmer has to water a plot of ground for three years before he sees any results.

This bay leaf stayed dormant for months before any new growth occurred.

I was thinking about this tonight as I looked at my bay leaf plant. I got the cutting from a co-worker last year and it sat on my office window sill for many months before any new growth appeared. During that time, I faithfully watered it until, finally, I saw some results.

The success I have had with my year-long giving time project is also like this. At first, even though I gave everyday, I didn’t really see any changes in my behavior, my habits or how I perceived the world, nor did I see any changes in the people around me. But eventually that changed, especially after I started connecting more with the people to which I was giving.

Don’t get discouraged if you find that giving time doesn’t pay off immediately. I can attest it makes a huge difference, but it does take time to see the results.

Just like the farmers who give their time to a bamboo plant, if you give your time and have patience, eventually you will see results.

Gave online tonight – a challenge, played, and clicked for hunger.

Also, if you’d like to read a highly regarded motivational book, please check out Greg Bell’s Water The Bamboo. He takes the metaphor to new heights. 

About Eric Winger

Our perception of time is key to how we use our time. The most fundamental way to change that perception is to give our time. This opens us up to new opportunities and ideas from which we can build to really make a difference. ... Yes, we *do* have time to make a difference!
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