I would like to think I’m growing everyday. Spiritually. Physically. Mentally. Socially. Artistically. Even financially. Realistically, that’s probably not the case.

Where shall I place my focus? In what areas do I want to grow? More importantly, what is the cost of this growth? For example, I have no interest in growing financially, at the cost of my integrity. I intend to incorporate my morals, values and passion in addition to replenishing our resources in this world rather than depleting them.

Is it sustainable to be a society of consumption in hopes that all of our corporations continue their growth as they serve their shareholders wishes to drive the stock price up? I’m no stock expert, but I say no. No way. It’s an unsustainable model.

Can we grow in areas of our lives without depleting the resources necessary to keep that business/personal/artistic/social/etc. model flourishing? I have no doubt. But, it takes people who want to look at things differently. To call out antiquated systems that have been in place for decades and revamp them.

Whether it’s the education system, the financial system, corporate structures or how we value our personal time with loved ones. We don’t have to remain in the status quo.

We get to choose our lives. Our work. Our friends. Our interests and yes, our growth.