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The Human NEED of GROWTH

If you’re not growing, you’re dying”. 

Everything in existence is either undergoing growth or experiencing decline. For humans, growth is a fundamental requirement in every dimension—spiritually, intellectually, physically, and emotionally. Comprehensive development in these four areas is essential for a healthy and fulfilling life.

The pursuit of spiritual satisfaction raises questions. Even during periods of profound spiritual growth, marked by temporary gratitude and enrichment, a lingering desire for more persists, propelling the need for continued closeness to a higher power, such as God. From infancy through adulthood, our physical growth and transformation are continuous. While we may not increase in height beyond a certain point, ongoing physical changes persist, necessitating physical activity for a healthy body. Without it, the risk of weight gain, muscle loss, and the onset of disease looms.

Emotionally, we undergo constant change and growth through various life experiences, from personal events to broader global occurrences. Intellectual growth, too, is a lifelong pursuit, influenced daily by stimuli in our environment. This growth occurs through activities like reading, hands-on learning, and observing the successes and failures of others.

Ceasing physical activity leads to bodily degeneration, while halting intellectual growth results in fading memory, diminished cognitive ability, and physical shrinkage of the brain. Emotional or psychological stagnation leads to regression inappropriate thoughts, feelings, and behavior.

The overarching message is clear: when growth ceases, a decline begins, culminating in eventual deterioration. All aspects of life that we value—marriage, health, relationships, career success, integrity, money, love, generosity, contribution, and virtue—demand cultivation, effort, practice, and expansion. Despite the energy and hard work involved, the rewards make the journey more than worthwhile.

Positive expressions of this need manifest in our lives through activities such as exercising, taking courses, reading, learning a language, acquiring new skills, stepping outside our comfort zones, practicing conscious communication, honing empathy skills, and engaging in spiritual practices. Conversely, negative manifestations of this need may include perfectionism, difficulty in relaxation, pursuing achievements driven by feelings of inadequacy, and seeking universal approval for validation.