Real or not? The Tale of the Chinese Bamboo Tree

Have you heard the story of the Chinese Bamboo Tree? The remarkable thing about this tree is that it takes five years for it to emerge from the ground. But when it sprouts, it grows rapidly in five weeks to a height of over 80 feet – as long as the tree was well nurtured. Now look, I don’t know whether this tree really exists or if this is a parable told to teach us a lesson. Either way, let’s think about what this tree’s growth teaches us about our own lives.


First, growth (and resulting change) can take years. No one was ever born six feet tall and Rome wasn’t built in a day either. However, when you aren’t seeing any results or outcomes, how do you keep nurturing the growth? You need to have a clear picture of what you want in your life. Understanding this is another key factor to remember when it feels like nothing is growing in your metaphorical garden.


Change happens faster when you eliminate what you don’t want and focus on what you do want. When you don’t know what you want, try meditation. I can hear the groans, but consider this: how can anyone know what you want when you don’t even know? Remember our bamboo tree? It didn’t grow 80 feet tall in just five weeks; it spent five years underground being nurtured from above.


Accept help. Accept nurturing. But know that you are the catalyst for growth in your life. Only you can do the inner work necessary for the change you want in your life. But remember that if you need a little support (or a lot), we are here for you.


Growth is one of our top values at GHW. Back in May, I wrote a blog on this value and reading it again, I realized I had more to say because I just went through some radical personal growth. So, growth is something that I personally value and I know Dr. Webb and Bethany also feel the same. As a business, our Chinese Bamboo Tree has broken through the ground and you all are starting to see the visible results of our work (the new office space). We believe that growth is a process that should be embraced at every stage and that by becoming clear on your goals and then taking action towards those goals, how tall you grow is up to you. Unless we’re talking about height – I don’t think I can change my genetic makeup to get to that five feet!