We could learn a lot from an embryo.

28 Jun

Photo by Yorgos Nikas, Wellcome Images, images@wellcome.ac.uk, shared via Flickr.

The lesson of the embryo: The steps we take toward becoming something magnificent may, along the way, look decidedly un-magnificent. In the moment, we look nothing like what we are becoming.

Growing in the womb we look primitive, unusual, and grotesque. We look like turds, bean sprouts, aliens, fish.

We may look like (or be) a clumsy teenager before we emerge as artists and athletes.

It is the patience of watching improbable pieces come together that gives us the ability to build planes or go to the moon, to sculpt masterpieces or to make dinner.


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