“Growth is the Only Evidence of Life” John Henry Newman
As I read Chapter 26, Page 52 of Robin Sharma’s ‘The Greatness Guide 2’, I had cause to reflect on the various stages of my life’s development.
I wasn’t very conscious of my infant life but my mum said I liked to suck her breast a lot like it was the only food I wanted all my life. Gradually, some alternative foods to aid our growing up were introduced and now I eat mostly solid foods to stay healthy while I grow old.
I remembered that my parents and teachers handheld me in the early stages of my education and taught me to read starting with the first 5 vowels of English a e i o u and other book sounds we learned using the queen primer. Today, I read everything written in English without noticing the sounds.
How could I lose sight of my University education, when those Professors thought that my coursemates and I were not brilliant because we couldn’t answer some questions related to linguistics, tree diagrams, grammar and all those things we talked about during our first year in school. Well, it is funny that most of us were called brilliant by the time we got to our final year because we grew to grasp all those linguistics concepts like they were the simplest things we ever learned.
I could never forget when my first boss nearly raised down the roof at me when the reports seemed like a mess each time I submitted them. She thought I was just a mess at my job. Smiling as I write now, I remembered she said to me when she moved on to her next job; “You are indeed one of the best hires I have ever worked with”. How delightful 😁.
The brief illustrations above indicate that the only EVIDENCE OF LIFE IS GROWTH. As each day passes, we grow and we will be growing.
Nothing stays the same. We either grow to become better at the good things we do or become worse at the bad things we do.
With every life discovery we make, the experiences we gather, every word we learn, every relationship we nurture, we have a choice to grow them into something beautiful or worse. The choice is ours.
Reflect — Shalom.