“We can’t be afraid of change. You may feel very secure in the pond that you are in, but if you never venture out of it, you will never know that there is such a thing as an ocean, a sea. Holding onto something that is good for you now, may be the very reason why you don’t have something better.” C. Joybell C.
“People spend too much time finding other people to blame, too much energy finding excuses for not being what they are capable of being, and not enough energy putting themselves on the line, growing out of the past, and getting on with their lives.” J. Michael Straczynski
“I believe in process. I believe in four seasons. I believe that winter’s tough, but spring’s coming. I believe that there’s a growing season. And I think that you realize that in life, you grow. You get better.” Steve Southerland
Growth! How do you see the changes you have made? What were your first impressions of yourself? Were you shy and hid behind your mom’s skirts when friends and family came near? Or did you want to take on the whole world at once… BRING IT ON! Were your first images impacted by your parents’ comments or situations in your life? Did you spend the rest of your life hiding under a blanket or did you charge out of your home looking to escape perceived notions about you? Were you the “good” child, or the “wild” child?
The number one question of the day is “Did you remain the same?” What about life helped you grow? Did you wake up one morning and decide to change? Did life throw a curve-ball at you so you lost your job or went through a divorce? When you fell in “your hole” how did you figure out how to climb out? Did you learn to walk down a different street so you didn’t fall in that hole again? Did you have cheerleaders at your side cheering you on or giving you a boost up? Or maybe you had to build your own ladder or learn to rock-climb in order to escape from the hole. Were you Proactive or Passive? Did you assert yourself into life or did you let life “happen” and become a victim?
Most importantly; when you emerged from the hole were you wearing a smile? Did you pat yourself on the back or run around complaining that someone pushed you? We have so many decisions to make about life, but if you have ever planted a garden from seedlings you know that if you add enough fertilizer and water that when Spring arrives you will have a healthy garden. It takes that fertilizer to help us become the strong individuals that we become.
To grow… the choice is ours and no one else’s!
This is a bit late to add, but considering my post is regarding “growth” I thought a laugh might be appropriate too. I just received this from a friend. ENJOY