It can come upon you slowly Silent like a ghost Or seize upon you quickly And shake you to your toes Its waves will twist and turn you And dump you on the coast You'll be a better swimmer, though – That's the thing with growth.
It can validate assumptions Just what you've diagnosed Or treat you like an idiot When you start to boast You've got to drop the story Or your ego will be toast You'll learn that you're resilient, though – That's the thing with growth.
It can hang you up a yardarm Dangling from a rope Or set you on a mountaintop Confirming every hope One thing that's always certain, though You've got the skills to cope This is what we're born for – That's the thing with growth.
~ J. W. Shuck, June 2017
This poem came to me a year ago, as I awoke a day after co-facilitating our June 2017 session of Lantern, Plenty's leadership retreat. The experience of Lantern had left me awed and inspired, and I wrote the poem in only a few minutes.
The words found me again last week, as Plenty co-leader Jennifer Mulholland and I finished our seventh session of Lantern. The poem spoke to me again, as I struggled to put into words the courage, growth, and idealism I witnessed at Lantern. Each session seems to be more special and more transformative than the last.
During this week when we honor and celebrate freedom, Plenty's deepest hope for you is that you create for yourself the freedom to actualize the growth you were born for. The world needs you.
Let's unlock growth.
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