15. Progress

Growing up I was happy-go-lucky. I enjoyed the normal “boy things” like riding bicycles, climbing trees, running and jumping. I liked television and popcorn and movies. Mostly I remember just enjoying living. It’s hard to say when I first became serious about life or when the thought of progress entered my mind. Maybe it was when I became committed to the game of golf.


I was a pretty fair junior golfer; I wanted to continue improving and win some tournaments. I practiced a great deal, and I remember even having aspirations of a golfing career. I read books on the subject and thought a lot about the game. I suppose this was the first time I really had serious thoughts about anything.


My father would say that my lofty goals for championship golf were quickly washed away when I turned sixteen and got my drivers license. And maybe he’s right. I’m sure my priorities changed right along with my hormones.


In my adolescent years I thought a lot about independence. I wanted to have my own stuff and make my own decisions. I’m sure I felt that getting my license was one of the first real steps to becoming an adult.


For me, personal growth seems to come in waves, waves that carry with them ideas of progress and how tomorrow will be somehow different — better. Yes, my interests have changed over the years. But my desire to improve has remained constant.


Day 15 Guide


The engine of progress keeps the mind constantly striving for improvement. Work coupled with no thought of progress is only labor. The spirit of Joyous Gard does not labor, but rather finds life in the work of moving ahead. In the New Year establish targets that give meaning to your work, and enjoy your progress.


© 2005, Levi Hill

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