Personal Development can be hugely rewarding, and brutally frustrating. I have heard many a person who has started down this road wish there was a way to regain their ignorance, only half jesting.
So why do we do it? Better question why do I do it? Because the moments of insight into myself, or another are usually worth the effort.
And even when they are not enough of a reward there are those incredible spontaneous gifts from the universe that confirm the path I am on.
Case in point, this past Sunday was Father’s Day, and I am blessed with a 15 year-old son, who handed me a card with these handwritten words:
“Dad, you’re with me every part of the day, helping me, guiding me and preparing me for when I finally leave and start a life for myself.
You do more for me than I could ever ask for, and even if I don’t always show my thanks, know that I really am grateful for all that you do.
Love, with all my heart, David.”
I am clear that with out the work I have done, in the past 8 years especially, David and I would not have the special bond that we have.
David has also gained a measure of insight and awareness that is rare in 15 year-olds. In addition to that he still hugs his Dad at a time when many teens do not.
I am SOOOO grateful to the many, many mentors and guides who have helped me create a brilliant life for myself, my son and soon my beautiful bride Shilo as well. Life is soooo good.
So take a moment and observe the impact you are having on the people in your life, and the world around you.
I bet it is more profound than you realized.
So pat yourself on the back and keep moving forward. The gifts for doing the work are there –for you, your loved ones and every person who comes in contact with you. And this world truly needs more people like you who are here to make a difference.