Reflecting on Progress Made

January 13, 2010 § Leave a comment

These past couple months have been quite rough. I’ve almost settled back into the mindset I had when I was in LA. While I am miles ahead of where I was when I was there, I have still managed to immerse myself the same daily grind that drove me crazy. I’ve found myself quite inspired by blogs lately and realized that, though I am no longer in that “freshly-born, reflective state” does not mean that I have anything less to reflect on.

I began glancing through some of my old entries and found myself completely taken aback by not only the content, but by the person I was when I wrote them. When you see yourself in the present, you neglect to note all the little steps you had to take to get to that point. Looking back at the progress you’ve made instills in you such a great sense of pride and accomplishment. The daily transactions I make now are so commonplace that I neglect to remember the hundreds of awkwards ones it took me to get there. I came to this country without any linguistic skills whatsoever. Now, nine months later, I spend up to nine hours a day at work communicating almost entirely in Norwegian, answering phone calls and writing emails. I could never have possibly imagined reaching this point. This is only further evidence that we are truly unaware of the greatness we are capable of unless we push ourselves out of our comfort zones.

I am nowhere near the point I want to be at in my life where I will feel settled in my career and residence, but looking at where I was then to where I am now…it really just makes me speechless. How was this possible? I never planned this. I never expected to reach this place. But her I am, thriving, because I took it each day at a time. Each humiliating, unbearable, sweet and rewarding day at a time. Break your goals down into smaller, more manageable steps. Do not give up hope along the way because you feel you will never get to the end. Nothing is lost from working towards a goal. Whether or not you get to the point you planned on, you will still gain so much in the process.

Quote from the photo below:

“The credit belongs to those people who are actually in the arena…who know the great enthusiasms, the great devotions to a worthy cause; who at best, know the triumph of high achievement; and who, at worst, fail while daring greatly, so that their place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.” – Theodore Roosevelt

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