We all grow at different rates and that’s ok: words of wisdom to reflect on as we start a new week. It’s very easy to compare yourself or your growth to others and end up feeling unworthy. I think in those moments we need to stop, take a breathe and reflect on all the things we’ve been through and see how far we’ve come. As a first time mother, I remember when my son was diagnosed with autism at 18 months old. Something inside of me new he wasn’t reaching the typical milestones as other babies. I felt incredible pressure that somehow I let this happen. It took lots of acceptance and education to understand that we, all of us, are on our own time table. The race is long but in the end it’s only with ourselves. The child who took his own path reached all the things I worried about in his own way and his own time. I learned more about letting go of what I thought something should be and what it actually was, along with true patience, watching my son’s growth to manhood. We all have the lessons around us all the time. But it takes real courage to let go and trust the process. And when we do, life always provides us an avenue or an angle we didn’t see coming and reveals more of what we are truly capable of.....It’s when we get in our own way, or listen to the negative judgemental internal chatter that says we “ should be “ somewhere else that only leads to more self suffering. Life is a gift. Suffering is a choice. We all have gifts and get where we are supposed to be in the time we are suppose to get there. So what path do you choose today? More self suffering? Or acceptance and trust that you are absolutely where you should be at exactly the right time?