Growth Charts

personal growthHave you ever stood as straight and tall as possible, back against the wall, while your height was recorded?

My childhood home had a wall where such measurements were displayed. A pencil was placed level with the top of my head and a mark made on the wall. If I’d grown, the date and my name would be printed beside this line. The same would happen for my siblings.

I had such a wall for my children and my daughter has maintained this tradition for her children. Down through the generations, we like to see a tangible sign of our growth.

Physical growth is important to record. My grandson, who recently surpassed me in height, can attest to that!

I haven’t gained in height for many years and lately seem to be getting shorter. These days it is other forms of personal growth I’m looking to achieve.

Marks on the wall would make it easier to measure if I’m growing or shrinking but that’s not how this growth works.

Instead I need to ask myself some tough questions. Have I challenged myself to learn something new? Do I explore creative possibilities? When was the last time I stepped out of my comfort zone? Am I reaching out to connect with new people? How am I doing with my commitment to make a difference?

It can be quite comfortable to stay in my safe, predictable routine but that is when my growth stops and my life becomes smaller.

My best intentions have to be put into action to ensure my personal growth. There is no better time than now to stretch myself in new ways. Who wants to join me? Accountability partners are welcomed!

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