I tend to think of trees as something that “Grow”. Years pass, and every year, while the tree is healthy, it grows a little bit taller, wider, denser. Forests are constantly changing; from birth to nonexistence, and then back to living again. The same rule can be applied to all flora and fauna, I suppose. The seasons too, even (warmer, colder, rainy, dry). The idea of growth is easily “seen”, but how do we know that we have actually grown metaphysically? After all, we stop growing (at least vertically) usually by the time we are in our twenties. How are we to measure the amount of growth we experience? Is it through the things we have had to deal with in our lives? Is it the recent promotion at work? The incredibly hard 10 pounds that we recently lost?
I guess, after all, growth can only be defined individually, and only by each individual that experiences it. So, in essence, WHAT IS GROWTH? I think each of us can probably answer this question, but we will each find a different answer in the end. And that, friend, is real growth. It is being able to individually take responsibility and account for the things we have done towards our own personal growth.
One unique quality of personal growth is that once we achieve the growth that we once desired, there is a moment, like a flash of lightning, where a little lightbulb lights up over our heads and says, “You just accomplished what you have been trying to do ALL THIS TIME!”. Ta-DA! This, perhaps, is the most satisfying moment in life. Being able to do what we once have never known how to do, weren’t shown how to do; to make fire out of sticks and rope when you have no matches.
Like I said, it is easy to look out the window and see how the landscape changes, how the seasons change, even being able to see how others change; but it takes incredible strength to not only be able to become that change that once seemed impossible, but to embrace it and recognize it in ourselves.
Biking is in and of itself a meditative act for me. Every time I am out there, on the trail, I am free; aware; thoughtful. This sight kicked my train of thought into full gear; with the state of the government and the whole shutdown junk that is all over the news.
My thoughts? Well, during my ride I contemplated this:
How can an entire party (The republicans, who founded all that we stand for and strive to accomplish, who fought for independence from the confederates, abolished slavery, and eventually supported a bipartisan approach with the democrats before the views of each party shifted, who even, at one point, were all for a national based healthcare system i.e Mitt Romney) now take a completed partisan approach in order to get the one thing that they claim to want (the end of Obamacare)? (at the expense of over 800,000 ‘non-essential’ government employees, and the faith of the world)
Is this the American Dream? Do we no longer care how the rest of the world views us? America, have we become the flag in the picture, hit by the wind so many times that even the stars that once stood for the union of the states, no longer unified together, now stands for the broken system that not unifies, but tears our government apart?