They say the only things that are certain are death and taxes, but I think it’s death and growth! Why? Because some folks are tax-exempt, but nothing in the universe is growth-exempt. Every crack in the sidewalk fosters blades of grass, everyone “learns something new every day,” and even every speck of our galaxy is expanding outwards.
This sounds romantic and poetic, right? But if we look around, we don’t always see growth and expansion. We see people flopping around, spinning themselves into misery. Why is that? Each of us creates stories that help us understand ourselves and the world around us. The “story” that hot stoves can burn our skin serves our survival. The story that connecting to art or meditation is healthy serves our spiritual elevation.
But then there are stories that skew reality and hold us back. Believing that I didn’t get into art school because I’m not creative, for example, might lead me to avoid creative endeavors that could inspire humanity. Bummer for me. And bummer for everyone else.
So how do we expand the stories that serve a lifestyle of joy, meaning, and fulfillment, while squelching those that lead us to paths of smallness, darkness, and lethargy? Simply by sitting with each story and belief and asking ourselves the key questions that unleash their potential.