The Growth Journey  

AstirRelicLatah 66M
1288 posts
8/1/2006 10:46 am

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The Growth Journey

I’ve had three very interesting communications with fellow bloggers over the last day. All three have either helped me remember something very important or triggered a hunger for more personal growth.

About twenty five years ago I started down a path of personal discovery. The experience I had in that period of my life changed my outlook on life in a complete and permanent manner. I’m finding that I’ve been having some similar experiences over the last couple of months. Much of the experiences have come from starting and participating in this blog community.

I like the idea of sharing a diary in a very public, but at the same time private manner. Some of the questions that have been posed have been excellent and made me take a step back and think through an issue in a manner I haven’t thought about before.

I’ve been fortunate to have some wonderful teachers along the way. Some, like Marshall Thurber taught me the importance of responsibility for one’s actions. Others taught me to tap into an inner strength and anchor that strength when dealing with difficult situations.

I’m naturally a very impatient person. I’ve been taught that with patience you actually get to a positive outcome more quickly. It’s important to let others move at a pace that’s comfortable to them.

What I’m coming to understand is that for some reason my life growth path has accelerated. It started a few months ago on a trip to California. It continues to move faster because some of your thoughts and writing in your blogs are asking questions or bringing up memories that allow me to deal with issues on a comfortable level.

For all of you who share your innermost thoughts I thank you. Your journeys are helping me shape my own.

Out of curiosity, who are the important teachers in your life?

Do you feel that you are still growing and if so, how?

What does personal growth mean for you?

Tiger_Rose40s 55F

8/1/2006 11:27 am

Important teachers...Ken Wilbur, Starhawk, Gerry Spence, RAbbi David Cooper, Leonard Shaw, Mary Ellen Copeland.

Of course I'm still growing, by living my life and embracing each new day.

Personal growth means exposing myself to different points of view and being willing to consider things from a variety of perspectives, then having the serenity to accept the things I cant change, the courage to change the things I can and want to change, and the wisdom to value my own decisions about which things fall into which category.

AstirRelicLatah replies on 8/1/2006 11:29 am:
Very nice answers. I also like Ken Wilbur a lot. Thanks for stopping by.

angelofmercy5 60F
17881 posts
8/1/2006 1:41 pm

I'm absolutely still part from being here on this site, and interacting with all of you. To me that means learning to accept the things that I feel as valid....and having enough wisdom to understand when change is needed and inevitable. As for important teachers......Jesus grandmother.....and most recently my grandsons....they are the ones that keep me looking at the world in a fresh way every day!

AstirRelicLatah replies on 8/1/2006 2:03 pm:
I feel the interaction with many people on this site has challenged and forced me to look at life with a different set of lenses. I like the mind expansion that's the result of this. You add a lot to my learning and I thank you for participating in my life.

druidrocker 63F

8/1/2006 6:13 pm

I try to take something from every person I meet - everybody has something to teach us - from the very young with their fresh eyes and open minds to the very old who have seen it all and can reflect on what they see, using their past experiences as comparisons.

As for - do I still think I am growing - I assume you mean in mind and not just my ass - yes - I would like to think so - I can't remember just at this moment who said it - but there is a quote that goes something like - when you stop learning - that is when you die.

I know I have had a growth experience when I find that I am able to cope with things better - I find that I am able to overcome difficulties or prejudices and I am able to more clearly understand the perspective of others. I also feel that caring more is also a by product of growth - the more you are aware of - the more things will matter.

I think the strangest thing I have discovered from some growth experiences is - the older I get lately - the younger I feel. I am not so weighed down by out of date thinking.

AstirRelicLatah replies on 8/2/2006 7:30 am:
I think the strangest thing I have discovered from some growth experiences is - the older I get lately - the younger I feel. I am not so weighed down by out of date thinking.

I love your last statement. Sometimes I believe out of date thinking are just paradigms that society uses for control purposes and not the best we as humans can do. Thanks for stopping by.

catkit13 68F

8/2/2006 5:02 pm

i'm absolutely learning and growing, daily! this journey we call life is an amazing trip, don't you think? "what a long, strange trip it's been" says it all
also, since i've been blogging - a new experience for me - i've been so impressed by the posts, some thoughtful, some entertaining, some serious, some oh-so-hilarious!
and, btw, you're quite a fine writer - i'll be visiting your blog often, thanks for sharing a part of yourself!
bye for now, cat

AstirRelicLatah replies on 8/2/2006 6:29 pm:
Blogging is new for me also. I've had on my list for the last six months to start journal writing again. I like blogging much better. It's sort of like having some accountability for my writing.

I'm so flattered that you like my writing. Thanks for stopping by. I appreciate it.

rm_shannee2006 53F
3355 posts
8/2/2006 8:42 pm

Not growing equals stagnation and boredom to me. I am absolutely growing and I am always stunned if I actually feel bored. I immediately feel motivated when I recognise that emotion in myself, because I know that something has come out of balance without my notice and I have to do something about that as soon as possible.

My teachers? Wow...too many to name and I am grateful to each.

Yup...this juiciness is from me....


AstirRelicLatah replies on 8/3/2006 3:14 am:
I think you either grow and live or stagnate and slowly die. That could be why I have this obsession with having growth experiences either through books, live teachings or life on a very regular basis. Thanks.

JuicyBBW1001 56F

8/4/2006 3:03 pm

Well I am still in the process of unpacking my suitcase and making friends with some of my skeletons in my closet.

I think we are all teachers to one another because we all have very different upbringings and life experiences. But if I had to pick the best teacher for me at this moment it would be my daughter. Through her I have learned much.

As for me am I still growing sure I am and so are you. Think of yourself as a plant. If you don't fertilize your mind and water your soul you die inside and soon you die on the outside. It is just a matter of whether you choose to use fresh water(living in the moment) as opposed to using reclaimed water (living in the past). Wow I guess I need some fresh water.

Personal Growth means alot to me at the moment because I am trying to emerge as a diamond shiny and bright instead of one with rough edges.

Thanks for being one of my diamond polishers by the way.


AstirRelicLatah replies on 8/4/2006 3:19 pm:
Those skeletons can be pretty powerful teachers if you let them. One of the questions I always like to ask when I have the opportunity for a learning experience (mistake) is what did I learn? I like the fresh water analogy....We either grow or die, I choose growth.

Thanks so much for your kinds words, I appreciate it so much.

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