After over a decade of conscious attempts at personal growth, it is abundantly clear to me what the two most important catalysts of self development are:
They say experience is the best teacher. But my personal tutor has been pain; the more painful, the better. In the presence of pain, you have two choices; grow or die. If you are not growing in response to your pain, you are dying. If you are not hopeful, you are in despair. If you are not gaining, you are losing. If you don’t have faith, doubt rules over you. Pause to think about that pain; if it is not making you stronger or better, it is killing you. There is no neutrality to pain. The greater the pain, the harder it is to be neutral. The greatest treasures of your life lie just beneath your greatest pain. Only those who evolve in response to pain survive. It’s survival of the fittest!
If your pain leads you upwards, it leads to knowledge. And we all have heard about knowledge.
Knowledge is power.
For lack of knowledge my people perish.
As a man thinketh in his heart (self-knowledge), so is he.
You shall KNOW the truth, and the truth shall set you free.
What you don’t know can kill you. What you know can also save your life.
You are severely limited by your lack of knowledge.
An example: humanity battles with many kinds of diseases because we do not KNOW how to cure them.
You cannot become what you do not know. In order to escape your PAIN, you must KNOW how to.
Pain forces knowledge. In the absence of knowledge, there is death.
Written by Manny