September 3, 2015 by Charlie Hedges − 0 Comments
It’s true. You don’t grow in life as much as you get to experience it!
I want to begin this post with an extended quote from the book Starring at the Sun by psychiatrist and Stanford professor Irvin Yalom. In describing a session with a client Yalom says…
Pat’s illusion that we are ever growing, progressing, moving upward is not uncommon. It has been greatly reinforced by Western civilization’s idea of progress since the Enlightenment, and by the American imperative for upward mobility. Of course, progress is merely a construct; there are other ways to conceptualize [personal] history… The sudden realization that upward progress is but a myth can be jolting. (All emphases are mine.) (more…)