There are two types of growth: artificial and organic. Artificial growth is man-made and measurable. For example, one can grow his strength in lifting heavier weights by maintaining a disciplined training regimen. Organic growth, on the other hand, is natural and inexact. For example, a seed buried in the ground will sprout into a plant and then eventually give fruit.

We must remember that character growth and spiritual development is an organic process. We can’t build ourselves into something we’re not. We can only channel and express the hidden potential inside. We can’t force ourselves to have more patience or positivity. We can only design the conditions and environment needed to cultivate these qualities.

Organic growth requires time. Personal transformation doesn’t happen over-night – it takes years and often decades. Each person is like a tree, and his good deeds and accomplishments are his hard-earned fruit.