How To Believe In Your Dreams In Spite of No Evidence

How To Believe In Your Dreams In Spite of No Evidence

The following post is written by Ashley Rankin. Ashley is a recent Biotechnology graduate and has contributed to studies in cancer research. She co-authors the blog 365 Days of Light with her brother, Jeremy. You can also find her on Twitter and Facebook.

In the Far East they have something called the Chinese Bamboo Tree. The Chinese Bamboo takes five years to grow. During this process, you must water and fertilize the seeds daily. The sprouts don’t break through the ground until the fifth year. But once they break through the ground, within five weeks they grow ninety feet tall. Now, anytime throughout the process, if you stop watering, nurturing, and fertilizing, the bamboo tree would die in the ground.

Your dreams are like the bamboo tree.

We all have aspirations to accomplish great things.  We may desire to advance spiritually, financially, or in  professional endeavors. Most of us have dreams and aspirations to achieve greatness!

Often, people will not see the infinite greatness of your dreams, and they certainly will not in times of strife. Your dreams stay hidden beneath the ground without evidence of life. They stay hidden under the soil as if they died before having a chance to blossom. But like the Chinese Bamboo, your dreams are not dead as long as you water and nurture them. They are simply cultivating underneath the soil, and with dedication and perseverance your dreams will one day develop higher than anyone could imagine.

Whatever your dreams, we must understand that it takes an extraordinary amount of effort and time to become what we wish. Some people seem to reach the highest levels of success with ease, but this is not the case for most of us. Many must claw and inch our way to our dreams and along the way we are met with the temptation to give up. This is natural. We all have this feeling at one time or another, but what defines achievement is the ability to continue to press forward in spite of fear.

The Chinese Bamboo teaches us many lessons. We can learn to plant a dream. We can learn to do the daily tasks necessary to make our dreams a reality. We can learn to have hope and faith, even when there is no outward evidence that our sacrifice and dedication will bring forth the fruit we desire.

At some point you may believe that your dream has died in the ground before it ever had a chance to blossom. Simply because others can’t detect your progress doesn’t mean progress isn’t there. Don’t allow the absence of an outward sign discourage you. Don’t be discouraged by your “lack” of progress. Keep watering your dreams.

Everything begins with a seed.

 

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Chereese Jorsling
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Chereese Jorsling

You are talking my language!!! #thankyou

Alesia Grayson
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Alesia Grayson

Amen

Ladi Agape
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Ladi Agape

Shabree PoeticBree Ferrell

cherring09
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cherring09

Love it! I never knew this about the bamboo tree, but it makes so much sense. Reminds me of the Langston Hughes poem, “Dreams” : “Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly.”

Paul Carrick Brunson
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Paul Carrick Brunson

I had not heard of the tree either. Powerful story!

Ashley
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Ashley

To Paul and Courtney,
thank you for sharing with your audience our writing. My brother and I are very appreciative!

Ashley
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Ashley

To Paul and Courtney,
thank you for sharing with your audience our writing. My brother and I are very appreciative!

Ediana Williams
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Ediana Williams

Amen

La LovestheLord
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La LovestheLord

Love this at the appropriate time indeed. Thanks.

Cardiss Aurelia Colley
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Cardiss Aurelia Colley
Kelly Chapman
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Kelly Chapman

Love Tyler Knott Gregson!!!!

Crystal René
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Crystal René

I definitely needed this. Today has been a definite attack on my hope, thank you for remind me how precious it is.

Namie Bimba
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Namie Bimba

WOW!!! Thank you Ashley Rankin and Paul for sharing this! I needed this today! NOT GIVING UP! As my Daddy says, “FORWARD EVER. BACKWARD NEVER.”

Ashley
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Ashley

Namie, thank you for your comment! I’m so glad that this encouragement was well timed for you. Continue to pursue your dreams!

Ciquia
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Oh my goodness. Awesome encouragement! Touched on everything I’ve been feeling lately. Thank you! Printing this out…

Ashley
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Ashley

Ciquia, I’m grateful our post was encouraging to you. God bless!

Rose Joie
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Rose Joie

In spite of…HOPE. Thanks. Thanks.

Barbara Laws
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Barbara Laws

AMAN!

Ade
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Ade

Hello Paul, my question is not related to the post but when are you going to continue the weekly posts on 30 steps to a better you?

Paul Carrick Brunson
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Paul Carrick Brunson

Hi Ade! The series is coming back in two weeks.

Ade
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Ade

Yay!! Thank you

Intuitive Hopi
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Intuitive Hopi

I Am Hope! Spoken like Robin Williams in “Mrs. Doubtfire”

Jeremy Rankin
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Jeremy Rankin

This is a great story hope you guys enjoyed it. Check more of our blog at 365daysoflight.tumblr.com

Jacqueline Marie Provencio
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Jacqueline Marie Provencio

Amen..

Janet Zhanna Bayramyan
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Janet Zhanna Bayramyan

wow. such a marvelous message

Tommie Webb
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Tommie Webb

“I believe I can fly!!”…come on sing along… “I believe I can touch the sky!”

Stacy Sutherland
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Stacy Sutherland

wow good point

Vanessa Orozco Robelo
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Vanessa Orozco Robelo

Amén!!! Right when I needed it ! Thanks Paul Carrick Brunson

Lillian Williams
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Lillian Williams

Amen

Mariette Guzman
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Mariette Guzman

Alexandria Wyrick

Lisa Lee
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Lisa Lee

that’s rite

Samantha Clea
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Samantha Clea

Great

Yolonda Love
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Yolonda Love

Pow bo’yull!

Rhonda Lavy
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Rhonda Lavy

Amen

Carl Linden Conway
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Carl Linden Conway

Profound!

Topher Allen Makridis
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Topher Allen Makridis

Christine’s bitchass is not a bird. She is a roach.

Jeremy Rankin
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Jeremy Rankin

Great message Ashley Rankin

Ashley Rankin
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Ashley Rankin

Great message Jeremy Rankin!!

DK Bivins
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DK Bivins

Love it!!

Suzanne Balknight
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Suzanne Balknight

Amen

Emily Pierce
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Emily Pierce

took the words right out of my mouth 🙂

Liz Jackson
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Liz Jackson

I

Liz Jackson
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Liz Jackson

I,DO BEST WAY TO BE

Kristofer Kelly
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Kristofer Kelly

Great message Paul Carrick Brunson

David Hearst
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David Hearst

Amen!

Jocelyn Randle
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Jocelyn Randle

True

T Shon Hamilton
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T Shon Hamilton

Good quote…no apostrophe though for its

Edna LeBlanc
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Edna LeBlanc

True

Patricia Johnson
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Patricia Johnson

amen!

Women Making History
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Women Making History

Great quote.

Dayshena Cleare
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Dayshena Cleare

Amen!

Carlton Patterson
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Carlton Patterson

I like that

Kay E. McCarty
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Kay E. McCarty

Wow… I really needed to be reminded of this, because of what I’m about to do……. Thanks B.G.

Kelly Tobias-St Onge
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Kelly Tobias-St Onge

love love love thanks I am sharing..

Marva Phillips-Harrison
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Marva Phillips-Harrison

U r so positive

Dana Jackson
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Dana Jackson

love this

Marjorie Lewis Murrah
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Marjorie Lewis Murrah

I try to follow but the “the limbs get higher and softer l what way I going but now it’s undetermined love auntie