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July 9, 2015

Grow Yourself

Hal photo outside Feb2012

“Change and growth take place when a person has risked himself and dares to become involved with experimenting with his own life.” (Herbert Otto)

The search for a placid, tranquil life is elusive, in a sense, because you are constantly changing. Life is change, and you’ve got to keep adjusting to it. This means you’ll always be facing new obstacles and learning new things. That’s part of the joy of living.

Every day is new. Every face is new. Every flower is new. The tree outside your house is not the same as it was yesterday. Everything is in a process of change, including you. So, experiment with life. Try new things. Eat new things. Look at things again. Don’t rely on yesterday’s observations alone.

Experimenting with your own life is exhilarating, full of wonder and joy. It can also be a little scary. It can be frightening to deal with the unknown. But it’s the only way to shake off the complacency that keeps us from growing.

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