Often we start each new year by reflecting on what happened in the last one. This exercise reminds us of the things we have learned, the things we have enjoyed, and the things we hope will happen moving forward. Looking back helps us see our growth and provides a foundation for the growth to continue. It also assumes we want to review so we can continue our past hard work to build a bigger and brighter future.
Let’s face it, growing up and becoming a better version of our selves is hard, It can be grueling, tiresome, even discouraging as we take one step forward and two steps back. Growth is also a leap of faith. It requires that we dare to believe that tomorrow will be better than today and that we as people are becoming more than we are today. Growth is not always planned, it is Ofer a serendipity of the daily grind or growth takes place without us even realizing it is happening.
What I like about these words from Henry Miller is the reminder that one unpremeditated act without benefit of experience has the power to change us forever. He means diving head first into something without plan, regard for the outcome or even experience to lean upon. Those are the life moments when we are changed for the better. Being willing to risk, work, believe and learn are the rewards for trueing through the darkness day in and day out.
When was the last time you took a leap and let go of the known the become a better version of yourself through the unknown? It’s not too late to give it a go and be spontaneous enough to enjoy momentous change. Whatever it is you know, why not give something you don’t know a chance to take you on a wild adventure? It may be in the wilds of Africa or outside of your own back door. Either way your life will be better, you will be stronger and the world will be better because YOU had the guts to try an unpremeditated act. One act like that can change the world…or at least change your world.