Let Spring Remind You That Growth Is Not Development

Insight #330

And then I said, “Let it grow! Let it grow! Let it grow!”

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Be patient, people. Spring is coming. And with it comes plentiful growth, which, of course, you will have to cut and prune. Because you are not as untidy as Mother Nature is.

That is, if you have a garden. If you don’t have one, please imagine that you do.

As you cut and prune and weed and rake, your compost heap will fatten nicely (that is, if you are a serious gardener) or your garbage bags will bloat (if you are a dumper). But whether compost or garbage, you will realize as your arms tire and your back aches that growth is really just more of the same. More branches, more leaves, more weeds, more stuff.

Growth is not development. Development is about improvement, advancement, betterment. Evolution!

Growth often has negative connotations, whereas development is normally positive. For example, we speak of a cancerous growth, but the development of the personality. We worry about population growth and try to solve it by encouraging population development.

The fact is, a garbage heap can grow, but it can never develop. That’s the bad news.

Yet, if you treat garbage right, it can mature, so that with time, garbage in means compost out. And compost out means healthy future harvest. Yes, that’s good news.

But the really good news is that I have matured enough to sit here now wisely watching others prune and hack away.

Welcome to my side of the nonsense divide.

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