G – Growth


“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

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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!

 Growth too

 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



About Gwynn Rogers

After 20 years of sales and marketing experience in the fields of real estate, high tech, and corporate travel, Gwynn has moved on to the career of “Grandma.” When not teaching her granddaughters an extensive vocabulary of “alley-oop-boop, ups-a-daisy, cowabunga or bummer”, Gwynn can be found hunting for mentors for the Kitsap Youth Mentoring Consortium, or chasing her fantasies on her treadmill. Gwynn currently freelances for magazines.
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14 Responses to G – Growth

  1. Avatar Susan Scott says:

    Thanks Gwynn, lovely post reminding me of the care we take of our gardens will determine what fruits it will bear, and how this applicable to us. Do we remain the same is a BIG question! We do I guess; our expression of ourselves changes through life though. The rose petals may wither and die after their beauty is expressed, but the rose blooms again, and again.

    • Avatar Gwynn Rogers says:

      Thanks Susan… I guess my “F” was my fertilizer needed for my GROWTH!

      Yes, the rose petals do bloom again, and again. However, the bush changes as it grows and ages. Maybe the more we grow the more beautiful we become. I love your beautiful comment. Thanks!

      By the way, thanks for catching my TYPO. I fixed it.

  2. Avatar pat garcia says:

    I like that sentence, “the choice is ours” because it is. We may not be able to change other people, but we sure can do something about how we react and our reactions help determine our growth.
    Great post, Gwynn. I was sitting here reading and saying, amen, Lady, amen.


    • Avatar Gwynn Rogers says:

      Hi there Pat. Growth is not about changing others… ONLY ourselves. Each individual is responsible for their own growth or lack thereof. However, for years I didn’t realize that I had a choice in the matter. Choosing to change and grow can be tough… that’s when I have to kick into the Little Engine that Could mode.

      Thanks for being such a supportive friend.

  3. Though I try to change and grow on a regular basis, I would have to say my times of greatest growth came during the trials of life. In ’96-’97, I lost my health, financial security, and two pregnancies. I regained my health in about 2001, but then my marriage fell apart. During those years I thought the pain would never end…but these experiences totally changed the trajectory of my life in a way I could never have imagined. I wouldn’t change a thing.

    • Avatar Gwynn Rogers says:

      Oh boy Nadine, you did get whapped by life too. Life does have a habit of doing that to us. After 21 years of marriage, I went through a divorce in ’90. I ended up being a single mom. Life was not easy, but it WAS a great time of growth for me. Now, I’m dealing with my crazy skeletal issue and the pain. There is a reason for this, but I just haven’t figured it out yet.

      Take care, and thanks for sharing!

  4. Avatar suzanne says:

    I think I have probably grown beyond any similarity to the quiet, unhappy, lonely teen – and that’s a good thing! I think that’s partly just age, and partly necessity. Once the children and business came along it was grow strong or fail. I think I mostly grew strong! x

    • Avatar Gwynn Rogers says:

      Suzanne, I definitely can relate to being a TALL, quiet, unhappy, and lonely teen. I’ve learned to enjoy myself and others but it definitely took some growing on my part. Life contributed to this factor too… like getting a divorce and having to support two children. Thanks for stopping by to comment.

  5. Avatar Dani B. says:

    I am a huge believer in growth and always trying to improve and reinvent myself. I get very bored with life and myself so I’m always trying to be more open to change. Great post!

    • Avatar Gwynn Rogers says:

      Dani, Thanks for stopping by. Like you I enjoy growth, but it did take me a while to accept the fact that I needed growth… besides growing taller than I already am! By the way, I just added a cute Facebook posting to my post… you might laugh.

  6. Many times I grew out of necessity, but I did, and you’re right on the spot, Gwynn, this is our choice. I love the smile question, 1) because it made me smile, 2) because it gave me a great visual of so many days when it was best to smile. Great memories. Life is like a box of chocolates, Mama was right.

    • Avatar Gwynn Rogers says:

      It IS amazing at what life throws at us, isn’t it! We either sink or swim and grow. However, I sure wish we knew more when we were younger and didn’t have to learn the hard way all of the time. Thanks for being such a supportive friend!

  7. I like your first three quotes here. True. Spring is a time for growth, true, but it also presents a profusion of turbulence and confusion. I admire your determination to keep going, to keep smiling and to grow, to realize that beautiful flower that you are, Gwynn.

    • Avatar Gwynn Rogers says:

      Spring is a time of confusion, as the dormant period leaves, all the plants are saying, “Oh No… I have to grow! I have to change.” Sometimes I feel like those plants. Thanks for your kind comment, Samantha.

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