It’s Five Minute Friday time and we are linking up with Kate and the gang. If you’d like to join us, click here. Our word prompt today is: GROW
I’ve been away this week at a conference and just returned last night.
These times of concentrated emphasis on an area have a way of spurring on growth in our lives. Ideas, thought processes and previous ways of thinking are challenged and I find myself evaluating my own life and how I spend my time.
One of the key principles from this week was: “We only think to the level of what we’re exposed to.” ~ Dr. A.R. Bernard
When we’re exposed to deeper thinking, new ideas and concepts we haven’t experienced before we think in new ways.
When we only have the knowledge of our own stories and experiences, our scope is pretty small. But when we take in the stories of others, share in their journey and expose ourselves to something beyond what we know growth happens.
In my own life, I was raised in a small farming community where everyone knew everyone else and the kids in my kindergarten class are the same ones I graduated alongside 12 years later. There was limited exposure to other cultures, people and ways of thinking. I’m not complaining, just explaining. It’s all part of my story and this formed me in my early years. Those years planted some good things in me like the concepts of seed, germination and patience in growth processes; the principle of working hard, sticking through to the end with commitments and loving your neighbor.
In the same way, my exposure to fresh seafood, the ocean and hockey were limited in my early years. Hockey came into my world while dating my soon-to-be Canadian hubby. Seafood followed soon after and I swallowed my first handful of saltwater after we were married.
We only think to the level of what we’re exposed to – Dr. A.R. Bernard
Exposing ourselves to knowledge, deeper thinking and experiences outside of what we already knows brings growth.
Growth removes limitations and increases our capacity.
It’s about giving time to learning new things and being in a state of searching for knowledge and expanding what we know and understand.
I was challenged this week in my thinking. How am I spending my time and what I’m doing to move towards my goals in life and what I feel called to accomplish?
Growth just doesn’t happen. It takes effort, discipline and concentrated, focused time to achieve what we want in our lives.
I’m walking away from this week with a renewed focus on life and learning. I’m in that stage of wanting to grab all the good books I’ve been putting off and work on keeping my focus on where I want to go. It’s good and growth is good.
Jump into the conversation:
- What are you learning that is new?
- What books have you read lately that have grown your thinking?
- How are you growing through your experiences?
Happy Friday, friends!