I’m sharing this quote for two reasons: first of all, it’s a fantastic quote that applies to what we’re doing here at Ready to Bloom. If you’ve been focused on personal development for some time, it’s easy to forget just how far you’ve come. This is something I remind my husband of on a regular basis because, of course, it can be easier to see how far others have come.
But once I’ve brought it up to him, it reminds me of how far I’ve come. I tend to be very forward-focused, so I don’t spend a lot of time analyzing the past. But I’ve grown a lot in the past several years, especially in the last year and a half.
It’s important to be clear on just how far you’ve come…because sometimes it can be daunting to recognize just how far we have to go. Often, we have particular issues we’re working on, and when we have a big goal so clearly in our minds, it can be easy to forget that life is a path, and things take time.
So…are you clear just how far you’ve come so far? Take a moment to reflect on this.
As I mentioned, my reasons for sharing this quote are twofold: there was a fascinating debate about this quote last week on the Idries Shah Facebook page. This quote is from his 1978 book Learning How to Learn, and many of the people on this Facebook page had read and re-read this book over the years.
However, it seems that a number of people had been reading this passage incorrectly. In their minds, they’d added a word that wasn’t there: not. They thought it should read “You have come a long way, and you do not know it. You have a long way to go and you do NOT know what that means.” But that little “not” totally changes the meaning of this passage, doesn’t it? When they located the page number that the passage was on, they realized that they had been reading it wrong all these years, and many of them were surprised because the message is quite different.
The way to avoid this is, of course, to pay attention. If we pay attention to details when reading and when communicating with others, we reduce the risk of miscommunication. Have you ever done this with a passage from a book, and mentally inserted a word that doesn’t actually exist in the text itself? In what other areas of your life might you be experiencing miscommunication?