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Planting Seeds in Winter by Michael Valliant

about bamboo trees or gardening. In thinking about planting seeds, I am thinking about patience and persistence and hope. And it’s during the winter, when no one is thinking about planting seeds, when things are dark and it doesn’t seem like there is a point, that those efforts can be most important. It was a school and work morning like any other. My teenage daughters got ready for school; our conversations were funny and nobody fought. Those are winning mornings. As we drove to school, my daughters were telling stories, digging up memories, and we were all laughing. They got out of the car and we all exchanged “I love yous.” I drove through town and pulled

The Chinese bamboo tree takes five years to break the ground. For five years, it bides its time underground with no visible signs above that anything is happening. Once it breaks ground, it grows 90 feet tall in just five weeks. In a talk that brings tears to my eyes, author and motivational speaker Les Brown boils it down. “Now the question is, does it grow 90 feet tall in five weeks or five years?” Brown asks. “The answer is obvious: it grows 90 feet tall in five years. Because at any time, had that person stopped watering and nurturing and fertilizing that dream, that bamboo tree would have died in the ground.” I’m not here to talk too much

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