Slow growth and the big picture

I had one of those “What? Are you serious?” moment recently. My parents and kids were doing a one of those “re-enactment” photos in front of our Christmas tree. They lined up this year in the same manner they lined up just one year ago. The difference was shocking. My two oldest children went from being several inches shorter than my mom to being several inches taller than her.


I really couldn’t believe the difference from the year-old picture to what I was snapping a new picture of this year. I mean, I know my kids keep growing – the two oldest have also passed me up – but I hadn’t realized just how much of a change in the last year. When you see them every day, you just don’t notice the slow growth. But, over time, that slow growth adds up to several inches.

This is exactly what we are about here at The Journey – Small Changes. Big Picture.

I’m not sure how you are feeling one week into 2018. Maybe you hit some awesome goals in 2017. Maybe you’re kickin’ it already in the new year. Or, maybe you think you were a complete failure last year and any goals for this year are totally pointless. Maybe you are somewhere in between.

Can I just remind you of my kids? And how sometimes when you are in the nitty gritty of life, you don’t always see those slow growth changes taking place. But, if you step back and look at the big picture – if you compare where you were a year ago, or five years ago, to where you are now – you might have a “What? Are you serious?” kind of moment yourself.


P.S. It’s been a while since I’ve written here. Life has been busy. I’m sure yours has been, too. I’m hoping to write more in 2018. Hopefully, by this time next year can look back and see a few inches in growth. 😉


Cori2Cori is a wife, mom of three, administrative assistant and random writer who is learning how to take small steps towards big goals. She tends to be an all-or-nothing kind of person, but a journey to learn how to run (something she always hated) taught her a lot about gradual, slow change. She has a degree in journalism and enjoys doing research and writing.

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