I was listening to a digital recording yesterday of an interview between Oprah Winfrey and Elie Wiesel. This quote caught my attention. What a statement!
I think what he's describing here seems to be taking time in the present moment to recognize what is happening around us, and experiencing the moment. Without focusing in, and becoming deeply aware of our lives, we tend to live day to day, and never experience personal growth.
Personal growth happens when we do the work, and intend to expand our lives beyond our present state of mind. We move to a higher level of understanding of ourselves and the world. It's really what makes us grow and become who we were intended to be.