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Journaling Prompts

Growing Older: How do you feel about the unstoppable march of time? Did you worry about growing older when you were younger? Do you worry about it now? As you watched your parents or older siblings age, how did it impact you? Do you fear or anticipate mental or physical infirmities? Is having someone to grow old with, or people to care for you a concern or an expectation?

Breaking Through and Change: Can you recall a true breakthrough where you had a change of heart or change of mind? Was there ever, or is there now, a part of your life where you see a barrier that seems impenetrable? what did you need to change in order to break through the wall. Once you got through, did ou find out that the wall wasreal, or in your mind? Have you experienced what first felt like a breakdown but ended up being a breakthrough? Has an obstacle ever become an opportunity, by your hand or by another?

Outgrowing: How do you know if you've outgrown a friend or a relationship? Is outgrowing about growing beyond or growing apart? How did you handle the separation? Have you been able to separate amicably, or with rancor? Has someone ended a relationship with you because they believed they had outgrown you? what about moving beyond or outgrowing family members? What part of separating from family is, for you, a natural or normal part of the maturation process?

Towards the Sun: Plants turn toward the sun as one of their main sources of life. What is your greatest source of life-giving light and heat? What part of you is like a seed, and what parts are like the branches and leaves? Has the 'sun' ever been taken away and stunted your growth? Has the 'sun' ever been too bright for the pace of your growth?

Growth Chart: How do you measure your own growth and progress in different areas? Do you measure yourself against others or against your own past level of accomplishment? If you could create a chart to map your progress in an important area in which you want to gow, wha would the markers be? How would you know if you reached the top of your chart? Is there a top? Does the top of the chart move because of your changing expectations or self-criticism?

Work in Progress: How comfortable are you with being a work in progress? Are you gentle with yourself or a tough critic? Can you identify a place where you are not where you'd like to be yet, but can be peaceful about where you are? Is anyone else in your life critical about your progress in any areas? Does that change how you feel about yourself, or are you more self-contained?

Growing Pains: Growth can be painful and difficult. Have you struggled with accepting the necessary difficulty sometimes involved in growing and changing? what has been your most painful growth experience to date? Have you had to let go of old beliefs, safety or comfort to make a real change in the quality of your life? What kind of pain have you had to suffer to move your life forward?

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Quotes

Growth itself contains the germ of happiness. Pearl S. Buck

Growth, in some curious way, I suspect, depends on being always in motion just a little bit, one way or another. Norman Mailer

The joy of life consists in the exercise of one's energies, continual growth, constant change, the enjoyment of every new experience. To stop means simply to die. The eternal mistake of mankind is to set up an attainable ideal. Aleister Crowley

Life is growth. If we stop growing, technically and spiritually, we are as good as dead. Morihei Ueshiba

The purpose of learning is growth, and our minds, unlike our bodies, can continue growing as we continue to live. Mortimer Adler

And when native man left off this form of development, his humanization was retarded in growth. Standing Bear

Growth is the only evidence of life. John Henry Newman

All change is not growth, as all movement is not forward. Ellen Glasgow

For my own personal growth I had to set out on my own. Frank Press

Where there is age there is evolution, where there is life there is growth. Anjelica Huston

The growth and development of people is the highest calling of leadership. Harvey S. Firestone

Growth is a painful process. Wilma Mankiller

Those who improve with age embrace the power of personal growth and personal achievement and begin to replace youth with wisdom, innocence with understanding, and lack of purpose with self-actualization. Bo Bennett

We need 4 hugs a day for survival. We need 8 hugs a day for maintenance. We need 12 hugs a day for growth. Virginia Satir

It's hard to find a way forward. When you're 18 it happens in huge chunks every day, but after 20 years, growth is much more costly. James Taylor

I'm really looking forward to, not more of the same, but a continual growth. Ben Harper

I think that growth and spiritual awareness come in slow increments. Sometimes you don't know it's happening. Mariel Hemingway

We find comfort among those who agree with us - growth among those who don't. Frank Howard Clark

We are not born all at once, but by bits. The body first, and the spirit later; and the birth and growth of the spirit, in those who are attentive to their own inner life, are slow and exceedingly painful. Mary Antin

Close friends contribute to our personal growth. They also contribute to our personal pleasure, making the music sound sweeter, the wine taste richer, the laughter ring louder because they are there. Judith Viorst

Growth demands a temporary surrender of security. Gail Sheehy

People desire to separate their worlds into polarities of dark and light, ugly and beautiful, good and evil, right and wrong, inside and outside. Polarities serve us in our learning and growth, but as souls we are all. Joy Page

Happiness, contentment, the health and growth of the soul, depend, as men have proved over and over again, upon some simple issue, some single turning of the soul. George A. Smith

I think that one's art is a growth inside one. I do not think one can explain growth. It is silent and subtle. One does not keep digging up a plant to see how it grows. Emily Carr

A good marriage is one which allows for change and growth in the individuals and in the way they express their love. Pearl S. Buck

Love dies only when growth stops. Pearl S. Buck

Intellectual growth should commence at birth and cease only at death. Albert Einstein

Intolerance is itself a form of violence and an obstacle to the growth of a true democratic spirit. Mohandas Gandhi

Increase of material comforts, it may be generally laid down, does not in any way whatsoever conduce to moral growth. Mohandas Gandhi

Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning. Benjamin Franklin

Ambition is the germ from which all growth of nobleness proceeds. Oscar Wilde

Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth. John F. Kennedy

Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom. Viktor E. Frankl

A man's growth is seen in the successive choirs of his friends. Ralph Waldo Emerson

People are like dirt. They can either nourish you and help you grow as a person or they can stunt your growth and make you wilt and die. Plato

The key to growth is the introduction of higher dimensions of consciousness into our awareness. Lao Tzu

True friendship is a plant of slow growth, and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity, before it is entitled to the appellation. George Washington

Ever since I was a child I have had this instinctive urge for expansion and growth. To me, the function and duty of a quality human being is the sincere and honest development of one's potential. Bruce Lee

Strength and growth come only through continuous effort and struggle. Napoleon Hill

Happiness is neither virtue nor pleasure nor this thing nor that but simply growth, We are happy when we are growing. William Butler Yeats

Nature shows that with the growth of intelligence comes increased capacity for pain, and it is only with the highest degree of intelligence that suffering reaches its supreme point. Arthur Schopenhauer

The strongest principle of growth lies in the human choice. George Eliot

It is not all bad, this getting old, ripening. After the fruit has got its growth it should juice up and mellow. God forbid I should live long enough to ferment and rot and fall to the ground in a squash. Josh Billings

The fatal metaphor of progress, which means leaving things behind us, has utterly obscured the real idea of growth, which means leaving things inside us. Gilbert K. Chesterton

All growth is a leap in the dark, a spontaneous unpremeditated act without benefit of experience. Henry Miller

I have always looked upon decay as being just as wonderful and rich an expression of life as growth. Henry Miller

All the evidence that we have indicates that it is reasonable to assume in practically every human being, and certainly in almost every newborn baby, that there is an active will toward health, an impulse towards growth, or towards the actualization. Abraham Maslow

In our work and in our living, we must recognize that difference is a reason for celebration and growth, rather than a reason for destruction. Audre Lorde

Men are but children of a larger growth, Our appetites as apt to change as theirs, And full as craving too, and full as vain. Diane Arbus

 

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