There is no timeline for spiritual growth. There is no right or wrong way to grow. There is no set place to end up… At timesI think back to my twenty year old self and am completely embarrassed. The choices I made. The friends I hurt. I cannot believe I am the same person. I think of how judgmental I was of my friends and loved ones that surrounded me. Fast forward to my thirties. At this point I was a bit less judgmental, a lot more compassionate, and much less self-assured. And then I had (as Brene Brown calls is) a
breakdown spiritual awakening. I spent a year being incredibly hard on myself, disconnected and afraid. That year led to growth beyond my imagination. Now I sit, content. I feel rooted, connected, seen and heard. I feel grateful. I know I still have room to grow, but I like who I am now and that makes me like those around me even more.
My point is this… We cannot set a timeline for our own spiritual growth or for the growth of others. For some it will be years of hard work and practice. For others they seem awakened from the start. And others seem to be stuck, working for years and one day wake up a new person. Take time when you begin to judge others and their growth. Be patient and know that someone was patient with you once as well. That patience and understanding may be just what you or your friend needs to be brave and open to new possibilities.