"It's not enough to merely go through life if we don't also grow through life." — Jonas Cain
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We often equate getting older with growing up, but while getting older happens automatically, growing up takes more mindful effort—like working every day towards a valued goal.
For example, ten months ago I could barely do five pushups, but as the days turned into week and months, I added another five pushups here and there and today I'm up to 45 pushups. In the individual moments it can often appear that nothing is happening, but with intention the moments add up to real results.
Yet growth can also be less tangible but just as valuable—like overcoming stress, anxiety, depression, grief, addiction, or the like, in any of its forms.
Over a decade ago I spent three years lost in grief and didn't have the knowledge, tools, or resources to handle it well, and even though the individual moments were overwhelming and at times it appeared that all hope was lost, I never gave up hope and over time, little by little, I found it through to the other side. Today I can say with confidence that I am stronger and happier than ever.
We often equate getting older with growing up, but while getting older happens automatically, growing up takes more mindful effort, and it all starts with the courage to begin.
How are you growing through the years?
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Jonas Cain is an educator, facilitator, and coach, working to engage, empower, and encourage leaders and the people they serve to experience joy.