By Christopher Pate
It is that time again for school and of course school clothes for the kids. The aspect that I find interesting in the fact that the clothes that they just wore earlier in the year, they can no longer fit. LynToya comes and tells me that the kids need clothes and shoes. And I’m thinking, “We just bought them new clothes.” I am interpreting this situation as a need that is an inconvenience to my life and the budget. The truth of life tells me that they are growing, and with growth comes opportunities.
It would be abnormal to have the kids wear their old clothes that don’t fit anymore. Although everything else is coming back into style, flooding your pants may make a return too! The natural order of things is to increase and acquire the clothes sizes that they currently wear.
In that same sense, we are constantly growing as individuals, yet with that growth comes opportunities or needs that sometimes I don’t want to face. I try to squeeze into situations that no longer fit my being. I am busting out at that seams of my pants looking at myself in the mirror of life and sayings “It’s not that bad, I can still fit in this situation.”
It is not the new situation or space in life that I am trying to avoid, I it the need that I know is ahead of me that I don’t want to face. I know that new step, path, or opportunity comes with resistance because like walking up a flight of stairs, I feel the resistance on my body, walking in that new path, I will feel the resistance in my mind. The thoughts that I must face and the powers that I must develop to overcome this situation.
The truth that I have learned that keeps me going is life is progressive and so am I. There are only two choices in life, either I am going forward or backwards, expanding or contracting, growing or shrinking. Either way, staying where I am is not a choice. By default, I am losing ground with that thought in mind.
Yes. yes. I have come to the point where I have decided to embrace growth and say, “I NEED needs.” To test my powers.
Just one reflection thought this week.
How are we really looking at our circumstances? Are they inconveniences, punishment, or are they are part of life and an opportunity to advance.
Have a blessed week.