We have a peculiar plant in our garden. Each year in summer, when it has grown to its full height, we receive admiring comments from visitors. Most of them think it is some kind of giant rhubarb, and it indeed looks quite similar. Its real name is butterbur (petasites hybridus). Its leaves grow to an enormous width of almost 1 metre – you could easily use them as a parasol or umbrella (the picture above will give you an idea). When you squat to look underneath the leaves in summer, you will find miniature green vaults beneath the closed canopy. Our hens like using it as a cool shelter during hot days.
After a long hibernation, when nothing can be seen of the butterbur above ground, it will start popping up like daisies during the first longer and milder days – like now. It is also the kind of plant that grows flowers before any leaves can be seen – light purple conically shaped ones that do not smell particularly nice. Soon afterwards the leaves start appearing and this is when the miracle happens.
The first day you see a few green spots appear here and there. The next day these have doubled in numbers but given the surface where this plant grows in our garden, they do not really stand out yet. But this continues every day, with a doubling of what was already there. This is what they call exponential growth.
What would it be like if we humans could demonstrate such growing power? Consistently proceed every day on the growth path that we have embarked on and not stop halfway through to lean back lazily. This is an annoying reflex that I often observe in myself and others. As if you sabotage yourself and do not grant yourself success – or you feel guilty about it. The same mechanism can often be seen with people who have lost a lot of weight through dieting, the well-known yo-yo effect. For some reason we stop doing what has brought us to the desired point.
I wrote about this earlier in the fable on ‘The frogs in the milk pail’. The recipe is fairly simple (but apparently also extremely difficult). Do you have a big dream that you want to realise, but you never take any steps because the challenge seems so gigantic? Do not hesitate any longer and start by introducing small and achievable good habits in your life on a daily basis and hang on to them consistently. Before you know it you will have achieved a great result, whatever this may be for you.
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