Powerful lessons from the Chinese bamboo story

Powerful lessons from the Chinese bamboo story

Few days ago, while chatting with my elder brother, he brought up this story. Even though, the Chinese bamboo tree story was to encourage someone else but since then I’ve not stopped thinking about it. There are just so many powerful lessons from the Chinese bamboo tree story that I think everyone should know about it. It cuts across every area of life! Be it education, relationships, business, if you meditate on it and apply to every area of your life, growth will be inevitable.

What’s special about the Chinese bamboo?

This plant takes 5 years to start growing!

John Dabrowski

The Chinese bamboo tree doesn’t break through the ground for the first four years. See, like other plants once you plant it, you need to water it, nurture it, and fertilize it every day. But unlike other plants nothing happens the first year. You do the same thing the next year, and still nothing happens. That’s right, for 4 good long years, you see no results! Can you try to picture that right now? There’s no proof of progress. If I’m the farmer, I may start to doubt that I actually planted something.

But there’s good news, because in the 5th year things begin to happen. They don’t just happen, they happen real fast. In just 5 weeks, the Chinese bamboo tree can grow till about 27 meters! It’s almost as if you can actually see the tree growing before your very eyes.

Lessons
  • To succeed, you need a lot of faith, believe and patience. Faith in yourself and your abilities. All bamboo tree planters know and believe that the tree will grow in 5 years. They just do what they have to do while waiting for the right time for the tree to grow. Do not allow your mood or circumstances around you derail you from your goal. People will criticize and doubt you. To be honest, you can’t blame them (obviously they haven’t heard the Chinese bamboo story yet). Don’t give in to the nay saying.
  • Keep watering and nurturing the seed. For the Chinese bamboo tree to grow in 5 years, it needs to be watered and nurtured. For 4 years there’s no sign of growth but however, the planter keeps watering and nurturing. Don’t stop working on yourself even though it feels like it’s not working. Learn a skill, improve your character, work on that project etc just do what you have to do. In due time, you will be rewarded. It takes small actions everyday to get a major goal.
  • Build a solid foundation in order to survive in the harshest conditions for many, many years. Truth is, like other trees without the solid foundation, it might grow in the beginning. However, in the long run, it might not be able to support the size and long life.

Related: Keep on Keeping On

Examples of bamboo tree planters in real life
  1. Albert Einstein

As a child he didn’t start speaking until he was four, reading until he was seven, and was thought to be mentally handicapped. Yet, he grew up to be one of the first people whose name pops up when you think of physics

2. Vincent Van Gogh

An artist whom throughout his lifetime,  sold just one painting, ‘The Red Vineyard’. But nowadays one of his paintings can cause $100 million. Literally, his work finally paid off, it’s rather unfortunate he didn’t enjoy it himself.

3. Richard Hooker

Richard Hooker had to water his bamboo tree for seven years and through 21 rejections by publishers until his humorous war novel, M*A*S*H became a runaway bestseller, spawning a movie and one of the longest-running television series of all-time. ( source: JD mind coach)

Interview with some contestants of MCC 2019

Interview with some contestants of MCC 2019

The second edition of Miss Christian Cameroon has been launched and registration is ongoing. In case you are having second thoughts about registering please read this interview with some contestants of MCC 2019. I hope they inspire you.

Panka Juniola

Question 1: how was your experience being a contestant in the last edition?

My Experience at MCC 2019 was *Exceptional*. What made it thus was the family spirit and bond that existed between contestants and their patrons. They taught us a lot of things people pay to learn. For instance, how to control a menstrual cycle and maintain a good hygiene ,how to take care of a patient with breathing issues, how to make pastries like cakes, how to handle emotional problems. We had activities like games, questions and answers sessions, catwalking and most especially the All night where they gave us an opportunity to better our lifestyles ,repent and be Spirit-filled.

Question 2: How did being a contestant benefit you (even though you didn’t get the crown)?

Though I didn’t get a crown I must admit I learnt a lot, and my level of Growth has increased. Like I earlier said we carried out several activities that normally should be paid for. They taught us on pastries, health (like what to do when someone drowns or faints) and female Hygienic principles. We also learnt a lot about relationships. For example, How to handle a breakup, How to treat a man/Boyfriend, When to sign out of a relationship, when and whom to date or get married to…

miss honesty

Since then I have become a better public speaker, super bold, not scared of the crowd and I give out what I have to as the Spirit leads. They also taught us on how to become a #MODELPRENEUR. Most importantly, since I participated though I didn’t get a crown, my life has not been the same. I have crushed fear like never before, I know my identity, my purpose activities are progressing. My Spiritual life has so much grown that I can say Heaven is on earth. Our all night encouraged me never to give up on what I wish to acquire and now am doing better exploits. Things are moving so well that i don’t have words to explain.

Question 3

What are some of the things you achieved after MCC 2019, that you believe the contest had a great role to play?

Firstly, I got to network with so many great personalities. Secondly, I’m an emotional counselor. Before I got into the contest I used to handle emotional plights, marriage and couple problems. The Brain behind miss Christian Cameroon which is Miss Christian Africa (Anyakia Florence N.) gave other subtitles to some queens like Miss honesty, Miss prudent, Miss honorable, Miss Diligent, Miss Goodness, Miss Patience and Miss Unity. Fortunately I was granted the title *MISS HONESTY*. This was of great interest as I organised my First Love conference as an emotional counselor on the 03rd January 2020 with title LOVE NIGHT. We had sub topics such as Who to date/marry, When and how to date/Marry. This yielded a lot of profit to youths out there making wrong choices. Thirdly, thanks to the Brain behind Miss Christian Cameroon, I was selected to participate for Miss Gospel Africa 2020 this August

MCC 2019

Chinda Lirine

MCC 2019
Question 1: how was your experience being a contestant in the last edition?

Wow it was indeed an amazing time spent at Miss Christian Cameroon 2019 ( MCC 2019). I really wish we could go back to the three days camping we had before the finale. There, I was empowered spiritually, psychologically, physically, educationally and above all I was sold to the public. Though I didn’t get the crown, I left empowered. I believe so much in what my queen mother MISS Anyiaka Florence Njang always says, “it’s not only about the crown but rather what u have to offer to the public, it’s better to have no crown and be an inspiration to others rather than having a crown and be dormant.” Not getting a crown on the finale didn’t stop me from working cause after the contest my passion to empower mankind increased.

Question 2: How did being a contestant benefit you (even though you didn’t get the crown)?

It was really a great encounter we had with some great men and women of God through their ministration. They taught us on some great women in the Bible and at the end of the lessons we were empowered truly. I felt heaven on Earth. Oh my God! God’s presence filled me that faithful day I couldn’t hold my self.  Rev Njang and Evangelist Abigail Philip, I would forever remember what you did for us during the all night. Since then my spiritual life took another dimension , I can stand and talk about my God with enough momentum cause he is the starter and finisher of my faith

They also gave us other great lessons during the camp apart of the spiritual aspect. Like, how to talk , walk and behave as a queen, baking, catwalking, menstrual hygiene, CPR Etc. A movie director gave us lessons on how to act the various characters involved in a movie. He tested our skills on how to cry , laugh, get angry, gossip. I really miss everything about MCC 2019.
We also had great music sections. I didn’t know I could sing with this type of voice I have. Through MCC 2019 I found my self in that domain and today I’m manifesting the gift in my life as well. We also had great time dancing with our teacher Gospel mannequin. We danced danced danced and danced.

Question 3

What are some of the things you achieved after the contest, that you believe the contest had a great role to play?

Through MCC 2019 I have become a celebrity because everywhere I go now people are like hello girl can I have a picture with you. This is something I dreamt of. That is, becoming a marketing Communicator where people would see me advertising a company product on TV and radio. Little did I know through MCC my dreams would come true. We had great TV interview sessions with hitv Buea, pstv Buea, canal2 English Buea, and crtv yaounde. after this amazing encounter people who neglected me started sending me pictures they took from their TV during the interview session. Miss christain cameroon 2019 made me a celebrity in my early twenties and it a legacy they Left in my life .

Though I didn’t win a crown, I left as queen. MCC 2019 made me a celebrity and above all a modelpreneur . Long live to the MCC family.

My advice to everyone intending to contest for the 2020 edition is, never let anyone discourage you when it comes to what you are passionate about. Whether u win a crown or not, remember God has deposited something great in you which the community awaits your manifestatio. Keep demonstrating love to mankind with or without the crown for the book of 1john 4:8 says he who doesn’t love does not love God for God is love. As of now, I have already been contacted by managers and CEOs. One wants me to be brand ambassador while the other wants me to be advertising manager.

Weber Pivagah Nwana

MISS prudent
Question 1: how was your experience being a contestant in the last edition?

It was a great experience I’ll never forget.
Alot of things made it good. Firstly, meeting my peers from all over Cameroon, learning so many new things, discovering hidden talents in me. Another wonderful experience was how my confidence, boldness, courage was built up during the camping in the competition.

Question 2: How did being a contestant benefit you (even though you didn’t get the crown)?

Oh my I learnt a lot of things, Such as, how to be an entrepreneur, how to be a modelpreneur. How to build up myself in a positive way and build up my spiritual life. Also, they taught us on Female hygiene, acting, singing, dancing and catwalking.

Being a contestant made me realize I’m one step above who I was. I got to meet with so many people, live with miss Christian Africa, meet and talk with motivational speakers, spiritual fathers and mother. I also got to know my purpose and discover the real lady in me….alot Mme..

Question 3

What are some of the things you achieved after the contest, that you believe the contest had a great role to play?

After the contest, I started visiting orphanages, doing evangelism and encouraging other women like me more often. Now, I have a little team which I’m training on modeling.

Related: About Miss Christian Cameroon ( history, vision, mission)

Click here to register ( registration is free!)

Listening to these girls was no sugar coating at all. One can tell from the sincerity in their voice that they were really blessed and their lives have never been the same again. This could be you, all you need do is register!

If you have any questions or worries, please do leave them in the comments section below.

Thanks!

Interview with some contestants of MCC 2019

About Miss Christian Cameroon

miss christian cameroon

Are you a female christian with a strong desire to fully represent the Kingdom of God? contributing to the family, community development and nation building while upholding true christian value? Do you seek a platform to express yourself and possible funding for your attainable projects? Have you heard about Miss Christian Cameroon and your wondering what it is, how and when you can register? I hope this article will give you more insight about this pageant.

According to 123helpme,

‘The purpose of beauty pageants is to find ones personality, their own strengths and weakness as a person, gain confidence and raise their self-esteem, and prove to people that it is not impossible to have beauty and brains.’

At first, I thought pageants were really all about beauty or physical appearance, like who’s fairer, who has nicer teeth or a better body figure. But as I grew up, I began to understand that pageants go beyond beauty, people want to know what a beautiful girl has to offer other than her beauty. In this light, MCC has the following objectives,

Objectives

  • Promote women to lead purpose
  • Teach the importance of God’s purpose
  • Nurture young girls to be active both in ministry, home and in the community
  • Educate young girls to apply God’s words in their daily activities by the fruits of the Spirit
  • Encourage young girls to study God’s word and rightly dividing the word of truth
  • Encourage young girls to win souls through their service to humanity

History

Miss Christian Cameroon is an initiative founded by Miss Florence Anyiaka Njang, a Cameroon based model, who emerged as Miss Christian Africa 2018 – 2019. As a result, The Miss Christian Cameroon Pageant is an initiative she conceived after her return from Nigeria.

Few months after her return, Miss Florence Anyiaka Njang decided to bring this initiative to reality; supported by a passionate team. Hence, the first edition of Miss Christian Cameroon came through successfully in 2019.

The Christian pageant which they planned and executed in a short time (two months) recorded great achievements and impact on the contestants and the church as well; despite the many challenges they encountered.

last year’s participants have done so many community projects so far and pictures and videos of these projects can be found on their Facebook pageMissChristianCameroon

Vision

Miss Christian Cameroon, is a pageant aimed at restoring women’s kingdom identity and equipping them to better create a positive impact in the church, the community and every sphere of influence.

Mission

  • Inner healing and restoration to ‘Sonship’
  • Resourceful tools to develop positive character traits.
  • Entrepreneurial talks on skills development and management. 
  • Biblical Fundamentals on Kingdom identity.
  • Biblical Fundamentals on purpose and destiny.
  • Possible funding for their attainable projects.
  • Biblical Fundamentals on how to extend the government of Jesus Christ over the seven spheres of influence.
  • A platform to express themselves.
miss christian Cameroon 2020

Before we conclude with this article, I’m sure you’ll love to hear from some of the contestants of the last edition. Fortunately, we got to some of them and here’s what they had to say. click here

Interview with contestants of last edition

The 2020 edition has already been launched and registration is ongoing.

click here to register! (registration is free)

If you know someone who will be interested, please please please share this, it’s a life changing opportunity. Winning this project might just be what she needs to get to the next level.

Related celebrating black women

Celebrating black women

Celebrating black women

If you’ve been following this blog, you’ll know that we are about celebrating black women of every shade. Be it dark, brown or fair, there’s beauty in every shade. In honor of black history month which was in February and women’s month in March, we decided to treat a few black women to a photoshoot session. In return, these black women shared their stories with us.

Etakah Edia

Blacky… Black……Girl go black sooooo…..Just a few of the names that people added to my birth certificate when we crossed paths. According to them my skin color was so dark that’s why they gave me such nicknames.  In the early years of my growth, it made me feel so bad. I felt sometimes as if I was ugly because I had such a skin tone. It made me think a few times of remedies to reduce the dark color…lol.But growing up, I have learnt to appreciate this melanin popping skin of mine. I will definitely choose this skin color over and over again. Funny thing is even people who were actually a lot darker will bleach their skin and then be the first to talk to you of how dark you are. African woman, wear your skin with pride and confidence, there is no better color than what you have. It’s your uniqueness, it’s your originality. It makes you phenomenal. 

Elvuchio Ankinimbom

My name is Elvuchio Ankinimbom and I am proudly the darkest in my family. Growing up black was never an easy thing for me because everyone will bee like “the dark girl” even family used to say that. I am not a fan of black dresses because I was always hear statements like you are dark and wear black dresses?? As if it was a taboo. I’m thankful to the few people who always said don’t you ever change your colour. It’s the best and money can’t buy. With these I grew to be proud of my colour and even now it’s my identity

Blandine

I have always grown with the mindset that, being right is about how much walls we can put up and how much our strength can carry us. As I journeyed, life has become a whole lesson on its own. My walls have been broken, I’ve fallen and failed only to realize that, it was never and will never really be about how much of my ability to fight. The grace and mercy of God is what keeps us and can keep us on every step of the way. Same goes for our skin, it’s in us, that we are black  is a special gift. No matter how much we might ever want to change to be who we are not, we just can’t. First cuz we don’t have what it takes to change it and second because even we succeed it’s only a physical change, we can’t change it from inside. You can’t turn off the light that shines from the inside. So why not just shine on in the true beautiful black that you are and was made to be. See eh, the joy of your person, doesn’t  come from anything else but from the Lord and the inside of you.

Tchiazah Ayaba

Black/Dark -skinned in a nutshell means having skin rich in melanin.But hey!🤗 It goes beyond that.Black in itself is a color associated with power💪🏾, authority👸🏾, strength 🤸🏾‍♀️ and elegance👩🏾‍💼.All these qualities and many more is encoded in this beautiful 😍🤩 skin of ours. Yes, it is true and perhaps understandable how the society can influence our mindset on black – skinned. That is why the value of this color needs to be understood 👍 from within🧘‍♀️, so that no external force will mislead us.So I dare🧐 you to drop the zero (shame) and pick up the hero (boldness). Stand for who you are👩‍👩‍👧‍👧👩‍👩‍👧‍👧.OH! My beautiful 😍 melanin skin that sparkles ✨✨ when the sunlight shines on it .I bet u…it is beautiful to have 😌.

Kelly Divine

Yes am black🔥. I remember when I was growing up anywhere I went to there was someone to complement my color. But the truth is, deep within I was not okay with me. I admired my mates who were fair.  I used to apply lotions such like rapid Clair, carro light to reduce the darkness.  But nothing was changing. Then I realized am me. That’s my beauty and uniqueness. Even if I change the color the Melanie will still be inside. I Came to accept the ME and loved the ME. At times people’s comments are not really enough, you will need to discover the YOU and learn to appreciate what you are. You don’t need to bleach to look beautiful. Look at me, this is beauty.  Black is the mother of all colors. You can count on us anytime we will be there to assist. This is me Kelly Divine. What is your own story? God bless miss mokom Sandra for this platform to help the black women out there to be confidential of who they are. 

Fongang Vianney

As a kid, I grew up in a community where all those around me were of dark skin.So I used to feel I am abnormal just because I have a light skin.For this reason, I was called names like Yellow sisi, albino, European and the list goes onn.At one point as a teenager, I used to think of things like if only I can get a body lotion that will darken my skin then I will be free from all these names but as time went onn, I rather noticed some dark skin people instead wanted to be of light skin so they go about creaming their bodies just because they think they will be more beautiful and attractive in the fair complexion.Then I began loving and cherishing my skin color.The lesson I learnt from this was that we are all Africans, we are all blacks and beautiful in our different shades.I must confess this platform Beiblackbeauty has thought me how to appreciate beauty in every shade the more.

Thanks for reading through. Do feel free to share your own story with us in the comment section below.

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