I remember back when it took me a long time to start a fire. I’d work for ages at getting the kindling just right, then strike the matches and hold my breath as they began burning. I’d nurse the little flames along, adding a few twigs here and there and hoping I didn’t snuff it out. When the fire was finally going well enough that I could sit back and enjoy it I would heave a huge sigh of relief.
Nowadays I’ve perfected my craft. All I need is kindling, logs, a bit of cotton ball with a dab of petroleum jelly and my flint and steel. I’ve timed myself time after time and have cut down the duration of the fire starting process significantly. From the time I start working on the kindling until I have a fire at a place where it can last easily for seven or so hours with no additional care is six minutes and twenty seconds.
And all my labors paid off. I got better. Not just with writing, but with practically everything I do in life. Dishes? No problem. Making a meal? Sure. Sweeping the floor? Of course. Making conversation? Delighted. Writing a book? My pleasure. Living life? Still a challenge, but I’m tackling it.
My guess is that you could say the same thing. Whenever you’re discouraged about how slowly you’re learning a new skill set or frustrated because the little children in your life still need you to tell them to wash their hands, remember that this is just a season, it’s the way life works. One day you’ll be able to look back and realize you’re waayy beyond that annoying place now. You’re on the other side of the learning hump and you’re steadily climbing upward.
Life is a process and we all learn and grow. Just because something is difficult and takes all your mind energy right now doesn’t mean it’s always going to be that way. You’re going to conquer new mountains, move up to greater heights. You are amazing and your actions today can set in motion change that will effect the whole world for the better.
Your life matters, and what you do today matters, too.