Look at the change in my granddaughter Shiloh! At one year, she was a short, pudgy baby. Now at almost two, she's grown tall and slender. This has caused me to ask myself; "how have I changed in the past year?" Let me count the ways:
1. I'm more positive, and a better listener. My self-talk has become a motivating factor in my life. I like me more today than I did a year ago! I purposefully look at people when I talk to them, and try to hear what they are really trying to communicate behind their words.
2. More push-ups! My personal best of 45 push-ups amazes me.
3. Type II Diabetes is under control! My blood sugar is normally in the low 130's! I find out about my A1C this week.
4. I get in 10K+ steps a day. Sometimes I get in 20K . I have lost some fat, and it's turned into muscle. No significant weight loss.
Maybe my life changes are not as dramatic as Shiloh's, but that's all right with me! I'm feeling GREAT! Growth is a tough thing to figure out! “The way must be in you; the destination also must be in you and not somewhere else in space or time. If that kind of self-transformation is being realized in you, you will arrive.” —Nhat Hanh
Today John and I are hiking Thompson Hill. We will be on the top of Mt. Monadnock by the end of April. Woo Hoo! This is one more way that I am growing.
According to author and life coach Christine Hassler, there are 3 rules to personal growth:
1. Don’t expect yourself to be anywhere other than where you are. Accept your current place on the path.
2. Anticipate the very next phase beyond the one you’re in, so you can be prepared for it when it arrives.
3. Be compassionate and understanding to others, regardless of their progress on their own personal journey.