Growth in every aspect is surrounding us. What comes to your mind when you hear this word? Growth can be on a physical, emotional and spiritual level if we look at ourselves. But it also happens in regards to history, material things, business, architecture, technology – just in so many fields of life. It is omnipresent and a phenomenon that will never not be present on this earth.

What is it about growth that is so fascinating? In many different ways, many of us are seeking growth. And yet, there is growth that is universal and we are all a part of, that we simply cannot escape. This is called evolution. No matter where you look and how you look at it, growth is a process that is surrounding us. Sometimes we are more aware of it, especially if it concerns us personally; other times, we just go with it and don’t necessarily realize that things have “grown”. Whatever it is, fact is, growth is everywhere.

Growth as Process and Progress

Colosseum – a representation of human’s architectural growth throughout time – Rome, Italy

We live in a world where everything needs to be faster, better, higher. Simply: more advanced than before, and ideally in a very short amount of time. Hence, we rush through the days, chasing the bigger and better. Whether it’s the new phone, car, or even that better career opportunity because it also comes with a significant raise. Maybe the bigger house? These are only prime examples of wanting to grow in a more materialistic way.

Seen from an architectural standpoint, history has shown that this planet’s residents have always aimed high. The creative power has been growing in different directions all around the world. And so architectural masterpieces such as the Colosseum in Rome have been created. They show the growth in creation and the architectural thinking of our human race. It is impressive – and the creative power (growth, that is) isn’t anywhere close to stopping. Now, architecture around the world has improved in size and is built on the foundation of remarkable engineering skills.

Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning – Benjamin Franklin

Growth doesn’t stop. But besides the unstoppable, natural evolutionary growth in the sense of time continuing to tick and with it new innovations being introduced, we can work on our own growth as people. With it come knowledge and wisdom, as well as new skills. “Growing” is a process. We need to actively engage in learning something new to eventually become better ourselves. This, again, happens throughout time. And time is a very important factor when it comes to growth. If we look back on it, it allows us to see how far we ourselves have come in the growth process. Also, it reminds us just how much progress we as humans have made throughout history in every aspect of life.

The Pillars of Personal Growth

Columns – symbolizing the pillars of our individual growth – Paris, France

The pillars in the photo are a visual representation of our personal growth. There are many different ways in which we can “reach high” as people. Most of us, however, grow spiritually. We take steps towards educating ourselves as a process of growth, or we have a life-changing event that allows us to have a transcendent experience and see the world differently. This means that we have grown in a certain direction. We become wiser, more open, embrace the world and its people more passionately.

But sometimes, growth is not easy, as it means stepping away from people or things we have cherished before but no longer serve us anymore.

The key to growth is acknowledging your fear of the unknown and jumping in anyway – Jen Sincero

Realizing that growth comes with obstacles makes it hard to accept for some of us. Therefore, growth in the sense of change requires a certain amount of courage and fearlessness. We don’t know what awaits us on the other side of our psychological, spiritual growth. Yet, we feel the need to pursue this unknown path, as the desire to go further and not be “stuck” where we are with our minds drives us.

The spiritual growth might just be the type of personal advancement that has the most transformative impact on our personalities and how we interact with people around us. Hence, it shapes our views and opinions. This type of growth comes with continued education, wanting to see the world, experiencing different cultural habits, learning about people, and constantly being open to tolerating difference. It’s a peaceful growth – or growth towards peaceful living.

Having achieved this level of growth, we rise, just like the pillars depicted, in a way that makes growth a beautiful internal process. If only each of us would take the time to grow spiritually, this world would become a place of knowledge, harmony, and peace.

We can dream a little, can’t we?

But until then, growth will continue to be omnipresent in all areas of our physical existence, at least. That is for sure. And the architecture around the world will tell stories of former times but also be the symbol of the advancement of human knowledge and creative skills.  Because those are also pillars of the (material) growth process.