The first time I worked for money outside of my parents’ home I was 12 years old. The Morongo Basin Ambulance Association hired me and my best friend John to move a pile of gravel from one spot to another with shovels. I think we got paid a dollar an hour. It was summer in Joshua Tree, and so around 100 F (maybe 45 C for Canadians), and the pile of gravel was huge. After a couple hours I still could not see that we had made a dent in the pile and I complained that we would never finish this job.
John was bigger and stronger than me and remained more in touch with his logical faculties. He said, “It doesn’t matter if we can’t see a dent. As long as we keep shoveling gravel, we know that we are making progress, and that we will eventually be done.”
It is hard to argue against that, so I am thinking of John while I am working on my Formal Client Presentation, which is the Master’s thesis of my Couples and Family Therapy program: a monster paper incorporating all of the theory and practice that we have learned in two years, plus a presentation of video of me using all of that during therapy sessions. It is going so slowly that each time I come back to it, I feel as if I had made no progress. But I know as long as I am typing new words each time I must be making progress, and that means eventually I will be done.
(First published April 27, 2011 on Nathen’s Miraculous Escape.)