October 18, 2021
How many times have you “started” to do something in your life?
For me, the first thing that comes to mind is the clichéd example of going to the gym or starting a diet regimen. I’ve done this countless times, mostly to fall off the wagon the first week or even first day! It’s easy and even fun to talk about doing something, and many times we may even bridge the expanse between “talking about” to actually starting the process. But that’s the first of many hurdles we face along the way if we actually commit to a process.
I’ve also finished many things in my life, and for the most part, it feels good – even great! For a moment. A fleeting moment. Then my mind so quickly moves to a “what’s next?” mentality, I don’t even catch my breath. I don’t think this quality is inherently good or evil. I think it’s just an innately human characteristic. We are wired for growth. It’s written into our DNA from conception. Things are always changing & evolving in us, so why wouldn’t our outside world change & evolve? Except this is a harder concept to live through than it is to grasp at its most fundamental level. Because the natural world tends to change & evolve very slowly compared to our human experience.
The simplest reason this is true is because of one of the greatest gifts we have been given as human beings: death. That’s right, I said death. How many times have you thought of death as a gift? My guess is, not many. But the reality is, the finite state of our being on this planet gives us reason to change, grow, adapt, and do all we can to better ourselves and our surroundings. It’s with that reality in our minds that has spurred the greatest innovations we have seen in our lifetimes. Our constant endeavor to maximize the time we have here.
So that’s why we are attracted to and motivated to grow. Some would say we have a creator that breathed all of that into us from the start. But is it about growth so we reach our destination? With every passing year, I discover more and more joy in the growth process rather than the places it takes me.