A Moral from a Chinese Bamboo Farmer’s story on Patience and Perseverance
The Story of the Chinese Farmer
In the great land of China, there lived a Chinese farmer who was struggling to provide for himself and for his family. He was so poor that he had nothing of value but a chicken that unfortunately did not lay any eggs.
One day he set out to the market with his mind set up to trade the only chicken he had with seeds to plant in his farm. At the market, he came across an old man who had interest in his chicken in exchange for a dozen of tiny beige coloured seeds. The old man assured him that his worries would be over on planting the seeds and watering them.
“These seeds will grow into towering Bamboo trees that will provide you with all you need to sustain yourself and your family for the rest of your days.” The old man said.
The farmer, a a bit dubious of this strange man’s claims didn’t see any other way out of his already dire circumstances so he got the seeds and went on his way home.
The following day, the farmer got up early to prepare the land to plant his seeds. He was hard working and by mid day he was done. After planting the seeds, he spent his days carrying water from the river to where he had planted the seeds and watered them.
He continued with this process for weeks, then months.
|Old Chinese Bamboo Farmer|
All his other crops grew fine, but these bamboo seeds refused to grow.
A whole year went by and the farmer had spent every day watering the seeds, but yet no sign of any growth or even life from the seeds.
But the farmer, keeping faith, continued to water the seeds, daily.
Eventually people of the town began to hear about this strange farmer who had planted strange seeds and nothing was growing. They began laughing and mocking him; calling him crazy.
“Just give up. You’ve been watering those seeds for 3 years now. Nothing is going to happen, you’ve been traded with faulty seeds and a pipedream,” said the town.
The farmer ignored them and still watered his seeds.
5 years had passed and there was still no sign of a Bamboo tree, or any life from the ground where he had planted the seeds, years ago.
By this point, despondent, the farmer watered the seeds one more time and decided that enough was enough. He cursed the man who had duped him and traded with him the seeds and headed home.
The next day the town was awoken by screaming from the farmer’s house, and gathered to see what the ‘crazy old man’ was up to.
When the town showed up to the farmer’s crop field, in the ground where the farmer had planted the seeds they saw green sprouts bursting out.
|Mature Bamboo Trees|
The bamboo trees were finally growing.
Within the next 6 weeks the bamboo trees had grown 90 feet.
After 5 excruciating years of hard work and doubt, the farmers perseverance had paid off.
PATIENCE AND APERSEVERANCE
It’s in our nature as human beings to expect results ASAP (As soon as possible).
But it takes patience and focused efforts towards a certain goal with the right commitment to really achieve the results you want. Patience is not an ability to wait, but the ability to keep a good attitude while waiting.
Patience is the guardian of faith, the preserver of peace, the cherisher of love, the teacher of humility;
Patience governs the flesh, strengthens the spirit, sweetens the temper, stifles anger, extinguishes envy, subdues pride; she bridles the tongue, refrains the hand, tramples upon temptations, endures persecutions, consummates martyrdom;
Patience produces unity in the church, loyalty in the State, harmony in families and societies; she comforts the poor and moderates the rich; she makes us humble in prosperity, cheerful in adversity, unmoved by calumny and reproach; she teaches us to forgive those who have injured us, and to be the first in asking forgiveness of those whom we have injured; she delights the faithful, and invites the unbelieving; she adorns the woman, and approves the man; is loved in a child, praised in a young man, admired in an old man; she is beautiful in either sex and every age.
Just as Steve Jobs said: ‘You can only connect the dots looking back’.
You may be struggling and frustrated with your results right now, but I can assure you, a month from now, a year from now, two years, three years, you’ll look back and realize that you had to go through these periods of ‘suck’ to get to where you are. It’s part of the process.
The majority of people meet with failure because of their lack of persistence in creating new plans to take the place of those which fail _ Napoleon Hill
So, just as the Chinese farmer, keep watering your seeds. Keep on getting up very early in the morning to read on various skills, to work on your day to day objectives, to workout, to do something productive. Sooner or later, you will harvest, you will receive your results, you will accomplish your goals, you’ll accomplish success.
I will remind you though that people will laugh at you and criticize you just as people mocked the Chinese farmer. But keep in mind that the little world laughed but the big world gathered on the banks of the Hudson River, when Robert Fulton went steaming by.
The little world laughed, but the big world was at Kitty Hawk when The Wright Brothers made that historic flight.
The little world laughed, but the big world was tuned in when Alexander Graham Bell made that phone call that opened the lines of communication which are so important today.
THE BIG WORLD WILL BE AT THE FINISH LINE CHEERING YOU ACROSS. What you will get is not so important as what you will become.
It takes time, but eventually you’ll get there, through Patience and Perseverance.