The Bamboo Lesson

The story of the bamboo tree keeps appearing to me lately. And it is a perfect metaphor for life, for starting a business, for just about any endeavor. Personally it fits like a glove.

In 2008 I began planting the seeds of my business as a coach and creative catalyst. Now many years later I’m experiencing a growth spurt. And many of the “seeds” I planted are bearing fruit! Just like a bamboo tree.

A lesson in patience, faith and trust (and a little bit of pixie dust!)

the Story of Chinese Bamboo Tree

Growth of the Chinese Bamboo tree requires nurturing – water, fertile soil, sunshine.

In its first year, we cannot SEE any signs of activity.

In the second year, again, nothing visible above the soil.

The third, the fourth, still nothing.

This is when many give up and move on. Lose faith. It’s difficult to believe in what we can’t see. We begin to wonder if our efforts (caring, water, etc.) will ever be rewarded.

But then…in the fifth year – the bamboo tree breaks the soil and grows 80 feet in just six weeks!

Call it a miracle.
Call it overnight success.
Or know that it is really about belief in what you have to offer the world.

Pay attention.
Think bigger.
Put it out there.
Get busy!

All it takes is patience, faith and trust and ACTION (and a little bit of pixie dust!)

The Delicate Dance or Why You Need Someone Else to Lead

Julia Cameron says “ is a delicate dance knowing when to be stubborn in our knowing and when to open to input and others’ knowing.”

I’m like many other women in our society who try to do everything themselves, be all things to all people – not asking for help or input… I’ve even been accused of trying to lead when dancing. Hard to believe, but true! haha.

Whether creating art, a business plan or dinner, we somehow feel that we must be perfect, STRONG, and all knowing…

But I’m learning, slowly, that Perfectionism can be a demanding partner – and can make for a lonely journey.  That much of the joy of life – exhilaration in fact – comes when you have the alchemy of two individuals combining to create something amazing.  And that there is a tremendous sense of relief when you have a cohort of trusted friends and colleagues to listen to, brainstorm with or (!!) give it over to!