“Some periods of our growth are so confusing that we don’t even recognize that growth is happening. We may feel hostile or angry or weepy and hysterical, or we may feel depressed. It would never occur to us, unless we stumbled on a book or a person who explained to us, that we were in fact in the process of change, of actually becoming larger, spiritually, than we were before.

“Whenever we grow, we tend to feel it, as a young seed must feel the weight and inertia of the earth as it seeks to break out of its shell on its way to becoming a plant. Often the feeling is anything but pleasant.

“But what is most unpleasant is the not knowing what is happening. Those long periods when something inside ourselves seems to be waiting, holding its breath, unsure about what the next step should be, eventually become the periods we wait for, for it is in those periods that we realize that we are being prepared for the next phase of our life and that, in all probability, a new level of the personality is about to be revealed.”

-Alice Walker, Living by the Word

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  1. Richmond Road May 2, 2022 / 2:32 am

    “All growth is a leap in the dark, a spontaneous unpremeditated act without the benefit of experience.“ — Henry Miller

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    • Chel Owens May 2, 2022 / 1:05 pm

      A *somewhat* more succinct explanation of growth. 😉

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  2. robertawrites235681907 May 6, 2022 / 11:35 am

    Sometimes, Chel, I think I’ve grown enough and it would be nice if the people around me could do a little of the learning and growning [smile]. A good post and I enjoyed your thoughts even if I am a little cynical about my own role in my life.

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    • Chel Owens May 6, 2022 / 11:50 am

      Don’t worry. I am cynical as well. I like to take these thoughts and use them both for me and for others I don’t fully understand.

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  3. hbsuefred May 8, 2022 / 5:58 pm

    Here, here, and I do hear this and a bunch of other good stuff for the transition I’m in. Thanks!

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