The Plateau

"Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead."
-- Louisa May Alcott

 
When you've got your nose to the grindstone and are crossing all your t's and dotting your i's, when you put forth 110% and keep at it tirelessly and then there is a kind of silence that isn't the pause of the clicking of keys, the stream of thought or the scratching of pencil on paper, when you think that the silence is no one listening, when it feels like you've reached an endless plateau and for a moment you wonder if you're on the right path, take a deep breath, listen for your heart and when you hear its patter, the sound of confirmation, go back to it.
 
And make sure you spell the word forty correctly.
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