Growing Pains

We cannot expect comfort if we want growth. That is not how growth works. Growth is painful. It is not painful merely for pain’s sake, however. Growth is painful for the sake of progress, improvement, and positive change. It pushes us beyond our previous limits and limitations. It forces us to do more and to…

Practicing Improvement

Improvement does not simply require practice. It is a practice in itself. We have to work on working on ourselves, our lives, and our relationships. But, the more we do, the easier it will be to make progress. This is true for a while anyway. As we move past some of our grosser and more…

On Self Kindness

We should be kinder to ourselves. We do not need to be pampered, coddled, or spoiled. But, we do need to leave ourselves room to breathe and to grow. Most likely, we are doing our best. Even when we are not, we know it. There is no use in being overly critical of ourselves for…

Not All Difficulty Is Necessary

Life is difficult enough without us making it more difficult than it needs to be. This does not mean we should avoid difficulty. Not only is that impossible, but it is also impractical if we are dedicated to growth and progress in ourselves, our lives, and our relationships. We should, however, do our best to…

Embracing Change

We are all capable of change. Whether we embrace or reject this fact about ourselves determines who we will inevitably become. If we embrace the possibility of our own evolution, we have the potential for near limitless growth in ourselves and in our relationships. If, on the other hand, we reject our ability to change,…