About two months ago, my wife returned from an afternoon of shopping with a present for me.
It was a small bamboo plant for my office.
She watered it once, then left it to me to water.
I got involved in a busy week and let the plant’s base get a bit dry.
My wife found out and told me, with a great deal of concern in her voice, that Chinese people believe that bamboo plants bring good fortune in business, and that I should never let my bamboo plant get thirsty.
She said, to be exact “Letting a bamboo plant die is a very bad thing to a Chinese person.”
I water that plant with great diligence now and, you know what? Business is good.