This has been a good news bad news week. Bad news going through a flu episode. Good news got to watch lots of Netflix. And the theme that runs through most,(not all but most), is that as humans we always work toward being better.
This morning watched Captain Jean Luc Picard say that to a not good Romulan “that’s what it is to be human. We are always working toward being better.” That’s true. Think of your own life and why you do the things you do. Some of it may be from fear but mostly it is to be more that you have been.
That’s the cool thing about looking over your life, which is a worthwhile thing to do occasionally. You can see where you started and where you are now. You can see how far you’ve come even as you look at where you still want to go. It’s important to celebrate your progress. To acknowledge what’ you’ve accomplished.
But to do it in a real way. Which means not to measure yourself agains some celebrity that seems to have it all or a CEO who created a company that just sold for $70,000,000! Those are not real measures. Even for them. The real measure of their success is the things they had to overcome to get to their final destination. The way they worked through what they had as obstacles. What they learned along the way about themselves and about life. Not to say the money isn’t nice but it’s not the real measure of their success. Same applies to you. The monetary goals you’ve achieved are wonderful. Congrats! But the real progress and achievement is what you’ve learned and how you’ve grown.
That’s why we love inspiring stories. They inspire us to go for our own dreams. And in order to go for our dreams we have to stretch. We have to “go where no man has ever gone before” (women, too obviously.) That’s why you see some people who have retired sort of rust away and some even go to an early death. There is something in us humans that wants to and has to grow. We are not meant to be stagnant. If we try it life will begin presenting us with opportunity after opportunity to go beyond where we are now. We can ignore the invitations or we can take just one of them and feel alive again.
Just as our body atrophies when we don’t exercise our spirit also begins to atrophy when we insist on staying stuck.. We are meant to stretch. We are meant to grow. We are meant to go beyond where we are now. Over and over again. We don’t get to rest. Even if we are not able to move the way we used to or even if we are house bound we still can so something new. If you think of Stephen Hawking. He is completely immobilized but his mind is a phenomenon. From his wheelchair with a tube to help him speak he has developed theories that have changed the world. So our physical condition is not an impediment nor an excuse.
You are meant to be more than you are right now, as cool as that is. There is no limit to what you can do and who you can be. Check it out!
Betting on you,