Whenever I catch up with friends or family I have not seen in some time, one of the first things they ask is how my daughter has changed since we last spoke. And at two and half years old, there is always something new to report: she has inevitably recently demonstrated a new ability or interest or said something surprising. Rarely, however, do we ask the same about one another. Personal growth can seem such an abstract concept in the midst of the many demands of our day to day lives. So rather than inquiring about our respective developments, we instead default to updates on work, travel, or family.
But when we stop to consider our thoughts, feelings, and experiences at any given moment, we are likely to recognize a number of changes - small and large. Perhaps you heard a story on the radio that changed your perspective - or saw a piece of art that altered your perception - or tried a new dish that enhanced your appreciation of a certain cuisine. Perhaps instead you woke up with a new ache or pain and recognize you need to be kinder to and less demanding of your body. We are constantly evolving - and we have countless opportunities to grow into our best selves.
No matter how busy and harried your life may feel in this moment, I encourage you to stop, take a breath, and reflect on how you are changing. Honor your progress and celebrate who you are becoming.