‘Smarter, faster, slimmer, stronger, wealthier…’ Yeeeaaah no.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m all for personal growth. I’m all for staying healthy – physically and spiritually. But part of being healthy is not putting pressure on yourself. You don’t need to conform to anyone else’s standards. You’re fine the way you are. In fact, you’re better than fine. Your you-ness is unimprovable.
Our society’s obsession with outward success, with constantly striving for more, is unhealthy on every level. If you want something to strive for, make it kindness. More love. More peace. More patience. But again, there’s no need to put pressure on that. Growth is a journey – one that takes a lifetime.
Trees aren’t in a hurry to grow. And they don’t waste energy trying to be something they’re not. Go ahead and try to push one over.