Jennifer Arnold of the reality TV show, The Little Couple, was born with dwarfism, but her personal choices have clearly resulted in a big, successful life. I believe that people of substance become so by choosing to be bigger. We all have a choice to live big or live small.

Think of it like a grape. A grape can become more by growing, putting out roots and vines, and producing fruit. That same grape could also become like a raisin — dried up and shriveled. The difference between us and the grape is that we have the responsibility to choose. We can choose to grow or shink.

What does that look like?

Growing Self

  • Positive habits
  • Life-long Learner
  • Open to Experience
  • Many Connections
  • Hold Possibilities
  • Enriching beliefs
  • Awareness

Shrinking Self

  • Bad habits
  • Know it All
  • Limit Experiences
  • Few Connections
  • Negative Assumptions
  • Limiting Beliefs
  • Auto-pilot

I don’t know all of Jennifer’s story, but I believe that she must have addressed some or all of the points above.  Jennifer must have chosen big.  Despite her physical limitations, she got married and became a pediatrician as well as an assistant professor of neonatology.

We all have the responsibility to choose.  I hope we all choose “big.”