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In the Far East the people plant a tree called the Chinese bamboo.

During the first four years they water and fertilize the plant with seemingly little or no results.

Then the fifth year they again apply water and fertilizer – and in five weeks’ time the tree grows ninety feet in height. The obvious question is; Did the Chinese bamboo tree grow ninety feet in five weeks? or did it grow ninety feet in five years?.

The answer is; It grew ninety feet in five years. Because if at any time during those five years the people had stopped watering and fertilizing the tree, it would have died.

Many times, our dreams and plans appear not to be succeeding.

We are tempted to give up and quit trying.

Instead, we need to continue to water and fertilize those dreams and plans, nurturing the seeds of the vision God has placed within us. Because we know that if we do not quit, if we display perseverance and endurance, we will also reap a harvest.

Success does not consist in never making mistakes – but in never making the same one a second time. George Bernard Shaw

Keep away from people who belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great, make you feel that you too can become great.

Groete Koekie Erlank


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