What strengthens your wings?

butterfly on flower petal next to water drop

“Run, my dear, from anyone and anything that does not strengthen your precious budding wings.” ~Hafiz

When we’re ready to take flight and our wings begin to grow and strengthen, there will always be people, circumstances, and things that would hold us back and try to keep us small. Fleeing from those is the only thing that gives us the space we need to develop our ability to soar.

What’s holding you back?

The strongest oak tree

oak tree standing alone in a field with setting sun behind it

“The strongest oak tree of the forest is not the one that is protected from the storm and hidden from the sun. It’s the one that stands in the open where it is compelled to struggle for its existence against the winds and rains and the scorching sun.” ~Napoleon Hill

Like an oak tree, we grow stronger by having faced life’s challenges. That’s one of the many forms that our kintsugi gold can take.

Open your heart

heart cut out of wooden boards with flowers poking through

“Open your heart to who you are, right now,
Not who you would like to be.
Not the saint you’re striving to become.
But the being right here before you, inside you, around you.”
~John Welwood

Want to grow? Want to become an even better version of you? The pathway always begins with learning to open your heart and love yourself just as you are first. Love is the best foundation from which to grow.

Growth is not failure

Potato covered in sprouts that are leafing out

“Don’t waste another second thinking that you’re failing when really all you’re doing is growing.” ~Chani Nicholas

Growth, by definition, leads us into the unknown, the unfamiliar, and the uncomfortable. It’s easy for that discomfort to make us think that we are failing as we find ourselves outside of the what we’ve always known and done. Don’t let yourself be fooled! Growth may be uncomfortable, but it’s always good!