I have learned that it is not enough for me to just be somewhere; doing the minimum; never engaging with anyone authentically; constantly complaining, but never offering any salient solutions; present in physical form but never connected in spiritual partnership
I know for a fact that I have forfeit opportunities for professional and personal growth due to my egotistical and selfish ambitions. Hell, my own fears, even. I made the world revolve around me but realized very quickly and humbly, of course, that unlike God, I do not have the omniscience to keep everything around me in my gravitational pull. Self-sabotage cuts so deeply and cleanly that most times we don’t even know we’re bleeding until, well, we see blood. In this case, I’m not referring to the living-sustaining red stuff that flows freely through our bodies’ many passageways, but the estrangement and death of relationships; forgone opportunities
To make matters worse, popular society doesn’t particularly help one negotiate the many temptations, challenge, and obstacles of instant gratification. We live in the Snapchat, Instagram, and the notification-inundation generation (bars not intended LOL) and if it’s not happening now, it’s not happening at all, or so it seems.
However, as the saying goes, “That’s not how this works. That’s not how any of this works.”
Just because you don’t see it, it doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist and just because you do see it, it doesn’t mean it’s not an illusion. Sustainable physical growth does not occur overnight, especially if you never fall asleep (hint). Intimate relationships are not developed through one-night stands. Financial dynasties are not built through a single investment. Professional and personable development is not achieved through the reading of a single book or attending a single seminar/workshop. And authentic empowerment is not realized without connecting one’s self to its source to gain access and exposure to the necessary resources that foster an environment of optimal growth.
It’s no wonder that trees have deep roots. They stay planted where they are and continue to grow; acting as resources contributing life-sustaining oxygen to their environment; elevating in vision and branching out in reach.