Sometimes Growth Is Just Seeing It Sooner

By April 23, 2012 25 Comments

Sometimes growth is just seeing it sooner.

You see sooner that you are silencing your voice.

You see sooner that you are acting out of fear.

You see sooner that you are projecting the past on to the present.

You see sooner that you are the one acting crazy, not them.

Because you did the work, you see it sooner.

Until our last breaths, we’ll keep missing the mark.

We will dim our light and betray ourselves.

We will cause harm to those we love.

But if we stay awake, we can learn to course correct sooner.

Stay awake and you might see it this year — and not let it extend for a decade

Stay awake and you might see it this week — and not let it extend for a year.

Stay awake and you might can see it this hour — and not let it extend for a week.

Stay awake and you’ll receive those moments of grace, those crystal ones,

when in the instant — before the first choice, the first word, the first act

you will catch it

right the moment of its beginning

and choose differently.


The turnaround is the most important part of the flight path.

When you make it, you move the whole world forward.

You plant a seed of love in the ground,

and all those who come after you thank you.


Join the discussion 25 Comments

  • maryjoe says:

    that is so so beautiful, so true and so realistic. thank you for creating and sharing that poem. it rings true for me and is so cleerly expressed.

  • Tara, this is beautiful. And so true. The only word I would axe is: “Sometimes” from the title. To me, growth is very much about “seeing it sooner” — and also includes seeing it at all. The process of noticing is just as much something to celebrate. We forget that and think growth needs to look big and dramatic. Thanks for the reminder to see and stay awake. Love this. 🙂

  • When I said “axe” what I really meant was to keep “Sometimes” in the title but strikethrough that word. What do you think? Would that give even more emphasis to your point?

  • Oh Tara, you have no idea how much I needed this post this morning. This moment! As I was just thinking about all the ways I’ve been letting myself down and the mess I’ve become lately. But you’re right, I see it, I know how to do better, and I’m already thinking about those next steps. Thank you. xx

  • Suzanne Enright says:

    Hi Tara – this captures the real essence of growth – getting there sooner. Or progress not perfection.

    PS – I edited out a really and two “just’s” as I wrote this. That one is still resonating with me.

  • Sue London says:

    Growth has so many modes of transportation and and one of those moments(the “Sometimes”) is just that – seeing it sooner. When a coworker gave me a copy of your “10 Rules for Brilliant Women”,it was one of “those moments of grace, those crystal ones”. It’s a time of large crossroads for me right now – and your ideas written so honestly and powerfully fully woke me up. “If we stay awake, we can learn to course correct sooner”. That is wisdom. “The turnaround is the most important part of the flight path.” I need to write that on my hand today, to remember why I’m doing this.

  • Jill Malleck says:

    A lovely piece of self-compassion. Ahh, to save a week, a decade, a century in this moment! To know that it’s not too late to change the flight path. That we are not trapped by the tail-wind of family/society/world. As a parent of four young adults I love the idea of planting a seed of love. Thanks, Tara.

  • Debra Eve says:

    Gorgeous, Tara. I love your poetry posts best of all.

  • R.M. Koske says:

    Now I’m trying not to get caught crying at work. Oh, oh, oh. Lovely. “Sometimes growth is seeing it sooner,” is going on my list of encouraging mantras. I feel so stuck sometimes and this helps.

  • What Debra said. Stunningly gorgeous; Tara, youer writing moves me every time. Thank you.

  • I’m not going to argue with my inner critic about the typo in my previous comment, either! (Learned that from you.)

  • Tara, course-correcting is one of my favorite concepts, and you’ve conveyed it so beautifully. I’ve forwarded this to many clients and friends… So grateful for you in my life.

  • Mari Beth says:

    “You move the whole world forward.” Like the flap of a butterfly wings that causes a hurricane across the continent, we may never know how powerful an impact we’ll make…..Your words are powerful Tara!

  • Sandeep Narayanan, India says:

    Beautiful….. as what you are.So let me go….. turnaround

  • Nancy Street says:

    I love you, Tara. You are such an inspiration to me. I am excited to share your ideas with my colleagues and friends.

  • mhaase says:

    Hi Tara,
    Your website is having exponential influence at our house! I am in the midst of making decisions about re-entering the professional world and have also shared your information with my three daughters, ages 21, 18 and 16. We are all benefitting from your insight and inspiration.Thank you for sharing your expertise!

  • Rebecca Buchanan says:

    Thank you Tara. I have been growing from reading your blog for well over a year now and carry my copy of “Your Other Names” pretty much everywhere I go. Your work is such a blessing.

  • Betty says:

    Oh My! Such a beautiful poem! So inspiring!
    However, “it’s” = it is; “its” is possessive.

    The line should be, “right the moment of its beginning”

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