Growth in life should be the norm; as Emerson suggests that, "the man of today should scarcely recognize the man of yesterday. But to most of us, we want to rest, not advancing, resisting and not cooperating with God's divine expansion of our soul; so most growth comes by shocks and calamities. Perhaps, we cannot part with our friends or we cannot let our angels go. We do not see that they only go out that archangels may come in."
He uses the following illustration to make his point.
"The man or woman who would have remained a sunny garden flower, with no room for its roots and too much sunshine for its head, by the falling of the walls and the neglect of the gardener can become like the mulberry, having branches that send out unexpected roots to the ground and causes the tree to spread over a wide area yielding shade and fruit to wide neighborhoods of men."