For several consecutive years I have planted an evergreen tree in my yard. What I have learned is that trees labeled slow growing actually live up to that expectation. One tree grew to the astounding height of my waist, a mere six years after planting. Every year, those few inches of growth have been steady and the process is painstakingly slow and only evident after the fact. Another tree we planted was labeled fast growing. It surpassed the slow growing tree in one year – close to doubling in size.
And, sometimes, we have events in our lives which force us to grow in ways that are unexpected. Sometimes the events may feel devastating and often push us into a place where we are willing to look intently at our lives.
This has the potential to begin a time of growth and change, but sometimes it is much later before we even recognize the growth and the label would probably read: slow growing.
Sometimes it may not be apparent until you begin to look closely.
Written By: GROW Staff
Originally posted on Grow Counseling
Tags:  Blog, courage, emotional health, encouragement, Growth, mental health, Resilience, self-awareness, Self-compassion, slow growth