From the book “The Impossible is Possible“. In it John Mason relates a story that really describes what many of us experience:
He writes of people in the Far East who planted a tree known as the Chinese Bamboo. The first four years, the people watered and fertilized the tree with very little or no results. Then, during the fifth year, within five weeks the tree grew 90 feet. But the tree didn’t actually grow 90 feet in five weeks. It took five years of patience and perseverance to cultivate the Chinese Bamboo. If at any time the people had stopped watering and fertilizing, the tree would have died.
So often our vision appears to be unsuccessful. It is so tempting to give up. Mason reminds us to continue to “water and fertilize our dreams, nurturing the seeds of vision that are placed within us.”
I have realized that the worst person to give up on is yourself.
If at any time I had given up on myself, or my dreams, I would not be reaping the benefits.
While battling metastatic cancer that ultimately took his life in 1993, Jim Valvano (former head basketball coach for the North Carolina State 1983 national champion team) said it so simply, but poignantly during a speech at ESPN’s ESPYs: “Don’t give up, don’t ever give up.”
Don’t give up…