Sometimes Growth is Just Seeing It Sooner

 

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.

– Tara Mohr

 

photo credit: Nathan Anderson

Join the discussion 3 Comments

  • Leah says:

    Yes! So much yes!

    Seeing it sooner feels so good! What a cataclysmic jolt into self love when I stopped worrying about absolutely eradicating whatever it is and rejoiced in thinking, knowing: “Hey, I used to be completely IN this…now I see it a mile, or an inch away!”

    Beautiful words!
    Leah

  • lisa froman says:

    This is so beautiful. It helps to soothe away the pain I sometimes feel when I don’t get it right…when I think I “should have known better,” considering all of the work I’ve done on myself. Now I can see it differently!
    This is truth…it’s not about perfection. It’s about adjusting the course when you have done enough work to “see it sooner.”
    Geeze, thanks for this!

  • Thank you so much for re-posting this Tara. When some patterns seem to be relentlessly repeating themselves, it’s good to remember that just noticing the pattern is progress. Hope you’re enjoying your well-deserved downtime!

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