Growth sometimes only becomes obvious in hindsight.
Every so often, we go through phases of perceived stagnation — commonly triggered by the end of a relationship, the loss of a job or a deeply felt lethargy and lack of orientation in a phase of our life.
Sometimes, we only understand years later how the emotional and spiritual chaos back then actually helped us let go of emotional baggage, define new values, develop new interests or understand more about who we are when no one’s looking.
Periods of realization of our personal growth can be temporally decoupled from the period of growth itself.
"One does not discover new countries without consenting to losing sight, for a very long time, of the shore."
— Andre Gide
- 📝 For a few thoughts on why personal growth isn't always straightforward, check out this short article.
- 📝 The concept of Delayed Return Environments
A few further resources you might like if you find above idea interesting:
- 📚 Brené Brown’s Daring Greatly
- 📚 Don Miguel Ruiz’ The Voice of Knowledge
- 📚 Phil Hagspiel’s You — The 4 Pillars of Self-Determination
- 🎥 The School Of Life Youtube channel