This is my third week twenty-four. I look back at this point to see if I have improved over the last six months. Each year the answer is yes. Every year there is growth.
The first year I wanted to avoid going on Marco Polo and was uncomfortable on Zoom. While I am not on Marco Polo often, it is not because I am uncomfortable there, but I prefer to be on Zoom calls, where I can interact with people and am now very comfortable.
Over the three years, I have become more open, less guarded, and more willing to talk to people I don’t know. These may seem like small changes, but they aren’t to me. My confidence has increased. It may not be where I want it to be, but every small step gets me closer to where I want to be.
I think I have a very thick layer of concrete that chips away rather slowly. Maybe one day, a giant chip will fall off, and the progress will accelerate rapidly. Until then, I am happy with the progress I have made. If it were not for MKE, there would be no progress. So, I plod on and continue to grow until I get all the cement off. Then polish the gold and continue to grow.
I am grateful for the progress made so far. I know I am happier with my life each time I go through MKE. That keeps me coming back. This year I am looking forward to going to MKE live, where I expect a boost in my growth.
You’ve come a long way, so congratulations! Sounds like it’s time to celebrate! Glad to be part of the same group with you this time around, John!
If I didn’t know any better, John, I might think you are a young, fire-breathing dragon learning his or her worldly duties. Yet the gold you speak of is the kind inside all of us! It is the personal duty of each one of us to find this gold; not as a 49’er might, but as a person ready, willing, and able to show the world what they, too, are made of — and that’s the stuff more precious than any mineral! It’s our inner core of spirit able to express itself when taught how to be a self-directed thinker. Once learned, it becomes their duty, as it is yours, to serve and save this planet by showing them how you/they did it: #MKE!
It doesn’t matter how many times we fall as long as we get up, dust ourselves off and continue forward.
The light is shining!
I can vouch for the change in you John.
I started with you on this same journey at the same time and have had the pleasure to see you grow and transform so much.
Bravo … and it is so refreshing to have your honesty.
Great job John, you have blogged every week as well, so kudos to you on that! Growth every year – progress is sweet!
Bravo John!! You are embracing your unique Hero’s Journey and recognizing your own growth. What a gift to give yourself! Looking forward to seeing you in Kauai at the live event in June!