Each year, as summer comes to a close and autumn lies just around the corner, I often find myself anxious for the transition. Itching for a change. Change of season, change of pace, change of scenery... Maybe I yearn for change because my life has reached a plateau of sorts. The other day, I had a conversation with my mom where I asked her, "Is this really all there is to life?" And she replied, "Yeah, pretty much."
Kids change constantly. The development of their bodies and minds happens at such a rapid-fire pace, it's almost hard to keep up! (read middle school... ugh.) So much of this change is forced by nature or society, giving them little control of most of their lives. Then, armed with an education in basic math, language, and history, they head for college or technical school or the workforce. BAM! Reality... The changes that were forced upon us as kids have now become choices.
When change involves a choice, it ceases to be change, for change often implies a lack of control over circumstance. When change becomes a choice, the result is growth. Each choice represents a branch on your tree of life. Some branches are stagnant and barren. Prune these. Some branches blossom and bear fruit. Enjoy these and share the fruit to plant seeds of encouragement in others.
If you're anything like me, maybe it's not change we're looking for. Let's face it, change is happening all around us, all the time. Perhaps, we're searching for growth. This -- whatever "this" is -- cannot be all there is to life!
What will you grow?