The people who meet me after a while in my life almost always remark that ”you’ve changed a lot.” The elders usually refer the growth to my physical aspects such as height and build while those cotaneous find my speech to be filled with more maturity and understanding.
Many people feel elated when someone remarks that “you are still the same as you were when we met you before.” This might seem to be a hurting and shaking truth but to tell you honestly, that’s not a compliment but a remark indicating the hindrance of your growth.
Growth can be achieved in many aspects. Some people grow economically, which we usually term as ‘development’. The child who couldn’t mumble yesterday and can now deliver a full page speech in a recognised language of his choice has grown. Yesterday, the girl who couldn’t come out of her bed because her depression made her stick to it but today is back to work, though only for an hour in a day, has shown growth in her personality and behaviour.
Perfection is not the aim. You are allowed to make mistakes but don’t indulge in legal or moral offences on purpose. That’s not a mistake but a crime. But making mistakes makes you human. Making mistakes indicates that you are working. Nobody is less efficient or not intelligent. If you aim to be perfect in all aspects of your life, you would die believing that you are imperfect. As Albert Einstein once said, “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” The aim is to learn everything you can that doesn’t harm anyone, including you, in any sense. If you learn and are able to apply that learning in your behaviour and life, it would lead to your growth.
As Lorenzo Snow explained growth in his words, ‘Be better today than you were yesterday and be better tomorrow than you are today,’ growth is a constant process. It is a perpetual change you inculcate in yourself by investing much time, effort and energy. This change can be physical, mental, emotional or spiritual. Growth means constantly moving ahead in your life while learning from past mistakes. It means to take the best out of criticism and work on what lacks within. But growth doesn’t mean that you need to be ashamed of who you are today. You can grow while cherishing your today to make your tomorrow better than yesterday. Grow everyday to conquer over your pessimist self one day.