“When nothing seems to help, I go and look at a stonecutter hammering away at his rock, perhaps a hundred times without as much as a crack showing in it. Yet at the hundred and first blow it will split in two, and I know it was not that last blow that did it–but all that had gone before.” —Jacob Riis
Tonight I’ll leave you with one of my favorite quotes. Probably because it just makes so much sense. It just resonates so much with me because when I first started this journey, I felt great. I saw a lot of results but slowly I started to realize that things don’t always move that quickly. Eventually, you will start hammering away and not see any type of change. But things do change. Eventually, the rock starts to represent other things, too, that you’ve learned that need attention. Like the emotional part. For me, that was always big. I lacked a lot of knowledge when it came to realizing just how much change needed to come from within. The physical changes were great but I lacked the self-awareness. Realizing just how much self-awareness was fundamental was my one hundred and first blow. It made all that hammering away mean something. Patience really was important.
What would have happened if I would have stopped at the 100th blow?