Growing Pains

sproutThis morning I was looking through an old journal, and began reading a few entries that catalogued a particularly rough time in my life.

A time when I was working on mending a broken heart, overwhelmed with a big life transition, and was struggling financially to make ends meet.

Right smack in the middle of one of the pages I had jotted down the following quote:

Difficulties and obstacles will continue to come until we absorb their wisdom and gather from them the essentials of further growth.

The inexorable requirements of growth demand that we exert the greatest degree of attraction for what is perfectly in accord with us.

Our highest happiness will be best attained through our understanding of and conscious co-operation with natural laws.  Charles Haanel

Underneath the quote I had written: “Everywhere I look the word GROWTH hits me square.”

Ah, a growth spurt, complete with growing pains.

We are all growing, some of us consciously, some of us quickly, some of us by default.  But we either grow or die, certainly true.

Pema Chodron said that “nothing ever goes away until it has taught us what we need to know…”

Those things that we struggle with are the very things we need to grow into what we will become next.  The Universe gives us precisely what we need.  That inexorable thing we often resist is helping us attain our highest best, our highest happiness…and it can be painful.

Sometimes it looks like not enough; not enough time, not enough money, not enough love.  And yet…it is EXACTLY enough because it is the very thing we NEED right NOW for our perfection, for our evolution.

We all want more of something…as well we should.  That is nature…always desiring to expand, to grow, to BE MORE, DO MORE, HAVE MORE… and first we must become more.  And that happens when we allow our current circumstance to teach us, to help us, to guide us.

That thing you’ve been struggling with?  It is your next phase of personal growth.  It is your teacher, your friend, your guide.  And it is exactly what you need to move forward on your journey of becoming the best and brightest and happiest YOU.

There is enough time, there is enough money, there is enough love.

Love & Magic,









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8 Responses to Growing Pains

  1. Tia Tuenge says:

    Wow! Words of wisdom and just exactly what I needed to read to remind me that all is well and exactly as it should be. Also a great reminder to embrace the challenges and look within at where change would be best served. I sometimes stick to my patterns very stubbornly…
    Thank you, Tia

    • Cindie says:

      Thank you, Tia, for your kind words. I’m so glad to know that this post touched you! Yes, every moment is perfect…and it is so easy to forget sometimes. 🙂 xo

  2. Rachel says:

    Hi Cindie!

    I love this post! It’s so easy to lose sight of the bigger picture when we’re going through life’s ‘difficulties’. But your post is a lovely reminder that there is always a reason for our discomfort. And our discomfort is one shift away from a new life perspective!

    Rachel X

    • Cindie says:

      Thank you, Rachel! I love your comment about “one shift away”…isn’t that the truth! 🙂 Always! Thank you for reading and for your kind words. 🙂

  3. Leanne says:

    Great post Cindie, I’ve always believed that the problem/situation/person will go when we’ve learned all we can from it. Sometimes I feel like I’m banging my head on a wall because I don’t seem to be ‘getting it’ and I want to hurry up and learn so it can be over! But it always helps me to remember what Neale Donald Walsch once wrote: “I have sent you nothing but angels” 🙂

    • Cindie says:

      I think we’ve all had that “bang head against the wall” experience. And I’m glad to hear I have company in the
      “wanting it to hurry up” club. 😉 I love the Donald Walsch quote…wow, that made my day. 🙂 Thank you!

  4. Shana says:

    I have had those times of finding old quotes or thoughts that I had written down and been amazed at how relevant they were to me in the present moment. Your post reminded me of an art journal page I created called “Notes to My Future Self.”
    I love the quotes you shared. I have been going through some major growth spurts lately, and yet there is always new wisdom to be gathered!

    • Cindie says:

      Shana, Thank you for reading, and for sharing your thoughts. It is always such a powerful experience to find something from the past that is completely and powerfully relevant to our now. I appreciate that you had that experience regarding my quote AND your comment reminded me of a page in one of my artjournals!!…and it has been too long since I’ve created a new art journal page, so thank you for the prompt to do that too! xo

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