Progression: Our Own Way, Our Own Pace
BY: T. Franklin Murphy | January 2019
We must not be easily discouraged in our efforts to change. We move forward with small steps.
Today I can’t be all I want to be. Tomorrow I’ll be much the same as today. Magical transformations are productions of Disney. We are charmed by these enchanting stories of change. The addict becoming a CEO; the underdog makes the team; the cheater becomes committed. Sometimes abrupt reversals happen—but not typically. Usually, the powers pushing behavior remain, and the flaws continue to haunt our lives. Life saving changes require arduous and patient work.
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We can take positive steps towards ideals, moving forward with tiny steps. We are relentlessly pushed by society to achieve more, compete, to win. We hear the echoes of “greed is good” emanating from the walls of the White House and the chambers of congress. Perhaps, this foolhardy doctrine is behind the unsoothable waves of anxiety spreading across modern society and pounding our individual shores, eroding the peace of being average—where the vast majority of us exist.
"Usually, the powers pushing behavior remain, and the flaws continue to haunt our lives."
We must slow down. Enjoy the moment without being overwhelmed with dissatisfactions of normalcy. Greatness begins in the moment, not through obliterating others in our charge to the top. Self-improvement, the simple steps of growth, are subtle. A little more awareness, compassion and kindness. We gather scraps of knowledge along the path instead of blindly following the crowd. We don’t have to be sucked into the chaos. We can find our own pace, our own direction, and still succeed. We don’t run headlong into the crowd and get trampled; but we don’t blindly march.
Over a month, a year, and a decade, the steps accumulate into yards, miles, and continents. To endure the slow and difficult journey, we must find joy in the present, finding joy in the small steps of change—the journey then becomes the reward.
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