Growing in Personal and Social Responsibility

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I know how it is to grow. My problem is how to stop from growing—horizontally. This is not such an easy task to curb especially after Pistang Pinoy where they served every kind of pancit imaginable. Obviously, this is not the personal growth we want to see.

When you think about growth, you imagine yourself reading a book a week, exploring different exciting places, achieving career highs, and being recognized for your contributions to society. But who honestly gets to do these things? Do these people have an agenda and a separate schedule saying; “Aug. 31, 2010, must grow as a speaker. Will do the tertulia value of the week pep talk”? I highly doubt it. These people, the ones who are little by little achieving their career goals and are being recognized by society have put growth out of the picture. Because of their activities, because of their inputs, because of the things their minds chew on; growing in personal and social responsibility to them is not the target, but is the outcome. Growth to these people is not the goal, but an everyday occurrence. It is an unconscious habit that is obvious to those who see it, but unseen to the one doing it. These blessed and rare people, who continuously grow, are never satisfied and never give themselves the satisfaction to pat themselves on the back in congratulations of a job well done. They are continuously after the perfect. And this is the secret; because the perfect can never be achieved; they are forever growing.

Shortly after his retirement from the bench in 1933, Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. was paid a courtesy call by Franklin Roosevelt. The President was surprised to find Holmes reading Plato's Symposium - in the original - and asked him why he was bothering to study Greek. "Why," he replied, "to improve my mind." Holmes was then 92 years old.

Keep growing, personally, socially, financially, spiritually just not horizontally.
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