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Meet the Maker: Day 22

Day 22: Proud Of

I shared this earlier on my personal page but I feel it goes well with today’s meet the maker prompt:

One of my friends posted a quote earlier today and combined with a John Maxwell discussion I listened to the other day, I think the message started to hit home and got me reflecting.

“If you are on the right path, it will always be uphill” Henry B. Eyring

We look for the easy way, the quick way, the way that takes the least energy because we are exhausted by the stresses of everyday life.

But anything that is worth doing takes time and consistency. Success is often not linear, sometimes it is built on failures (opportunities for growth). Often times we don’t see the full journey and the years that someone puts into something when we notice where they are now.

When I did my 50 New York Waterfalls project last year, part of me expected the capturing the waterfalls to be the easy part (the time constraint of visiting and painting them in 60 days would be the difficult part). A little walk and a pretty scene at the end, right? Some were like that, but most involved going uphill, testing me in ways physically and mentally that I hadn’t anticipated.

Hearing the quote above I automatically thought of my last hike for the project. Not necessarily because of the amount of literal uphill ground I had to cover to reach my destination. But more because of the challenge that I was faced with on my journey. A mile and a half in the trail, I slid down a bank. I was scared and it ended up that I just had a few scrapes and bruises (I think my pride was bruised most). However, in the middle of what felt like failure, I faced the decision to keep on going another half a mile to my destination knowing that it was going to be even harder or to give up and turn back knowing how close I had gotten.

One thing that I’m proud of is my ability to keep going even when things get difficult.

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