Navigating the Inner Path: Choosing Constructive Pursuits for Personal Growth

Patrick Poh
4 min readMay 11, 2024

The following article comes from a conversation I had with a friend, while we were doing a weekend morning walk.

Photo by Ravi Sharma on Unsplash

In the first place, those who choose to be here on a weekend morning have made a decision that benefits them. They could have chosen other activities, something different, perhaps something more enriching (or they could choose sleep).

Of course, there are myriad other things people could do on a weekend morning. They might indulge in leisurely activities or opt for convenience over substance. Yet, what I’m trying to emphasize is the distinction between engaging in activities that are genuinely beneficial versus those that merely fill time without adding value.

Consider a typical Sunday morning scenario: waking up, possibly still in the realm of dreams, reaching for the phone to scroll through Instagram Reels or other content. It’s a passive engagement, seeking inspiration or simply killing time by peering into the curated lives of others. Then comes the inevitable decision of what to have for breakfast, perhaps opting for a quick, convenient meal from a fast-food chain.

Many of us have fallen into such routines without giving them a second thought. It becomes habitual, comfortable even, until one day we realize that these seemingly innocuous choices may not be as beneficial as we once thought. It’s a realization that dawns upon us gradually, prompting us to question our habits and seek better alternatives.

I recall a profound statement I once read.

“All we have to do is change a single alphabet.”

Instead of saying “I got to do it,” we change to “I get to do it”.

It’s a subtle change in perspective that holds immense power. It reminds us that every day presents new opportunities, and it’s up to us to seize them.

But how do we discern what truly aligns with our desires and aspirations? The answer lies within us actually. Amidst the noise of external influences and societal expectations, there exists a quiet voice, guiding us towards what truly matters to us. Yet, tapping into this inner wisdom requires introspection and self-awareness.

We live in a world where external validation often takes precedence over internal fulfillment. We look to others for cues on how to live our lives, blindly following societal norms without questioning their relevance to our own happiness. However, true fulfillment can only be found by looking inward, by delving into the depths of our being and uncovering our true desires.

For some, this journey of self-discovery comes naturally. They are the seekers, the ones who yearn for wisdom and growth, who are unafraid to challenge the status quo in pursuit of a deeper understanding of themselves and the world around them. For others, it may require a conscious effort to break free from the shackles of societal expectations and embark on a path of self-discovery.

The process of personal development and self-improvement is not always easy. It requires courage to confront our fears and insecurities, to challenge deeply ingrained beliefs and behaviors, and to embrace change in all its uncertainty. Yet, it is through this process that we uncover our true potential and unlock the key to a life of meaning and fulfillment.

Ultimately, the pursuit of inner peace and personal growth is a journey that each of us must undertake alone. It is a journey of self-discovery, self-awareness, and self-acceptance. It is a journey that requires courage, perseverance, and an unwavering commitment to authenticity.

As we navigate the twists and turns of our inner landscape, we may encounter challenges and setbacks along the way. But it is through these challenges that we grow stronger, wiser, and more resilient. And it is through these setbacks that we learn the true value of perseverance, determination, and self-belief.

In the end, the most valuable treasures in life are not found in material possessions or external achievements. They are found within our own inner selves, in the depths of our own hearts and minds. They are the treasures of courage, resilience, friendship, love, and inner peace. And it is through the journey of self-discovery that we uncover these treasures and learn to cherish them above all else.

So, as we embark on this journey of self-discovery, let us remember to trust in ourselves, to listen to the whispers of our own hearts, and to embrace the unknown with open arms. For it is by embracing the unknown and learning to experience life for what it is, that we can truly discover who we are and what we are capable of becoming.

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