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Personal growth: Is the uneventful life a key to happiness? July 20, 2017

Posted by Dennis Mellersh in Concept of personal development.
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In our quest for constant improvement through our personal development efforts, there may be a downside.

Could “more” actually equal “less?”

Would we be better off seeking fewer self-actualization stimuli?

The philosopher/longshoreman Eric Hoffer made the following observation in a moment of self-assessment in an entry in a diary he was keeping:

“Early this morning on my way to work I felt a burning pain in my arms. It seemed to me for a moment that had I been without this pain I would have been wholly happy. In a moment like this I realize how lucky we are when nothing at all – good or bad – happens to us.” (1)

(1) Eric Hoffer, Working and Thinking on the Waterfro0nt

— Dennis Mellersh

 

Personal development: Human imperfection forces us to grow June 15, 2017

Posted by Dennis Mellersh in Personal Development Potential.
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If people were perfect, like some aspects of nature, there would obviously be no need for us to pursue personal growth programs and realize our potential.

Our imperfect nature, as interpreted by Eric Hoffer, creates a need within us to improve ourselves.

The negative of being imperfect creates the positive ambition for greater self-actualization:

“Nature attains perfection, but man never does. There is a perfect ant, a perfect bee, but man is perpetually unfinished…in the attempt to finish himself, man becomes a creator…the incurable unfinishedness keeps man perpetually immature, perpetually capable of learning and growing.” (1)

(1) Eric Hoffer, Reflections on the Human Condition, Harper & Row, Publishers, 1973

— Dennis Mellersh