When You Can’t See Progress

Progress Can Be Hard to See

The other day while I was dropping my daughter off at the DMV to renew her license, I took this shot out of my windshield. I couldn’t see anything except the rain and the mist. Do you ever have days when you can’t see where you are going?

Typically, when we begin pursuit of a goal, we believe we will see steady improvement along the way. For instance, I started lifting weights, so my muscles should seem bigger. Or, I’ve been getting up early to pray, so I should feel more peaceful. Unfortunately, input and output are not always linearly related.

Some days, despite our best efforts, it seems like we are getting nowhere. We feel like we are stuck in a drizzly fog with nothing to show for our efforts. But remember, what we “see” isn’t always a good representation of what’s going on. If we are working hard, then results are happening. It may take a while for them to show, but they are there. Stay focused on doing the right thing, and eventually the reward will become clear.

2 thoughts on “When You Can’t See Progress”

  1. I couldn’t agree more as sometimes you can’t see the forest for the trees with the progress you are making. But still there is indeed progress and we just need to be patient in order to actually see it. Thanks for the reminder 🙂

    1. That old forest can be pretty dense sometimes, right? But it is helpful to remember that things are happening, just like a tulip bulb starting to grow under the cold ground. I need to remind myself of this all the time!

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