Thursday, February 4, 2010

My Strongest Weakness....Patience

The Parable of the Chinese Bamboo Tree...   

This was posted by  she is one of my favorite people in this whole world!!! of course I love this and I hope you do too! Thanks Traci

"In everything you do in your family, keep in mind the miracle of the Chinese bamboo tree. After the seed for this amazing tree is planted, you see nothing, absolutely nothing, for four years except for a tiny shoot coming out of a bulb. During those four years, all the growth is underground in a massive, fibrous root structure that spreads deep and wide in the earth. But then in the the fifth year the Chinese bamboo tree grows up to eighty feet!

"Many things in family life are like the Chinese bamboo tree. You work and you invest time and effort, and you do everything you can possibly do to nurture growth, and sometimes you don't see anything for weeks, months, or even years. But if you're patient and keep working and nurturing, that "fifth year" will come, and you will be astonished at the growth and change you see taking place.

"Patience is faith in action. Patience is emotional diligence. It's the willingness to suffer inside so that others can grow. It reveals love. It gives birth to understanding."

From The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families by Stephen R. Covey (pp. 22-23)


  1. This is SO True and we see this, as Mothers, with every child.
    Great post - thanks for the inspiration!

  2. What a nice reminder of patience!
    I think I am finally learning that lesson now being isolated in Minnesnowda. Not an easy life lesson to learn, but I think that's where my husband balances me out. He is EXTREMELY patient and I just need everything done yesterday.

    You always have very thoughtful posts = )


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  4. I just love how you always make me feel better after I visit you.
    This is a very nice post and I honestly needed to read it today.
    I hope you and your family are well and as always I love stopping by here for a visit.

  5. What an inspirational post! Thanks for this. Have a great weekend!

  6. Dang girl, patience is hard. God has really had to work this Ozark chick over on this one. I had none, I wanted everything yesterday! I still have to work on it. I find it hysterical that when I tell people I have not patience, they'll say things like your the most patient person I know. Heeehehe!!! Just goes to show ya, looks can be deceiving or God is workin' overtime!!!

  7. Oops! I popped over to tell you to have a fabulously blessed weekend girl. :o)

  8. Hi Brandi,
    I love this post about patience. In this hurried world we live in it's nice to know that just because you don't see anything happening right way, it's no reason to give up. Too often, people think it's not worth it to continue something because they don't reap the rewards right away. The things we have to work the hardest for or wait the longest for are the ones with the sweetest rewards. It's often so hard to remember that. Thanks for the story of the bamboo tree. It really puts it all into a visualization to we can relate to. As always, you have such a way with you words and stories! I love to come and read what you have to
    By the way my friend, I'm glad you are the kind to share your recipies. I love the way you explain it gives you greater joy in the expression of making the food rather than coveting the recipie and feeling a sense of power over others to hold back on the giving out of the recipie. I totally get what you're saying about those so secretive about their recipies. They are the insecure ones who feel the need to be needed. I guess they figure if they give out their secret recipies, no one will need them. OMG, get over yourselves.
    As usual, thanks for sharing!!
    Have a wonderful day in the sun. We are up her shivering in 2 feet of snow with another foot to come in 2 days. How many steps to that sandy shoreline is it from your front door again???????????:)

  9. This is fascinating; I had no idea that is how the Chinese bamboo grew; how poignant and truly a parable. There are so many parables that nature inspires for us in our daily lives - we only to look for them.

    What a paradox - I am surfing your site, seeing your family against a golden Hawaiian sunset, while watching huge white snowflakes dance outside my windows. Again.

    Aloha y'all!


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