Month: January 2018

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Exploring the Importance of Newness

I’m constantly striving for something new. I’m seriously afflicted with “the grass is always greener on the other side” syndrome. Why do we struggle to find happiness and contentment in our routines? Is it good, bad, or simply the truth that so many young people are always looking for something new; always ready to abandon what they have at the moment in search of something better? Or is this a natural progression in human evolution? Do we need young people that aren’t content?

“The secret to so many artists living so long is that every painting is a new adventure. So, you see, they’re always looking ahead to something new and exciting. The secret is not to look back.” –Norman Rockwell

Life used to be much simpler. When I was a kid I just ran around doing whatever fit at that moment. At least it seemed that way.

Somewhere along the way, I starting to think about what I should do more than just doing. More consideration of actions, and consequences, but also less acting solely on desire.

To a degree, this leads to more hesitation. I feel less sure of myself than ever. But also trying to remember that I’m incapable of going “wrong.” Sure, I’ll make mistakes. I’ll do stupid things that I’ll regret, if only for a time. I’ll hurt people I never meant to hurt.

But if I can learn from these choices, and continue to work on being the best person I can be, then I can never really go “wrong.” I will always be growing. As long as I am committed to growth.

That’s a commitment that has to be there. If I’m not growing, I’m dying. If I’m not consistently trying to improve, I am stagnating.

I must possess a desire to improve. I must stimulate the senses in a situation of my choice. I must not shy away from change. I must continue to adapt. I must grow.

“Change is the end of something you know and the beginning of something else that you don’t know. Something new that holds opportunities.” –Kholoud Yasser