Is there really such a thing as “almost there?” I don’t think so. I know that we have goals that are set; some short-term and some long-term. Some may even be for an extended term. We measure these goals so that we can see our progress. Fair enough. But, when all is said and done and we have completed a goal, most of the time one goal leads to another. Another level, once completed, will take us yet to another level. So as I read a post today that said we are “almost there” I read that to mean a beginning and not an end. A whole new chance to go further. To reach new levels. To start again or just continue on the path that will make our life amazing. Each step and each level will bring new joy. And, definitely new challenges. So, as this assignment of writing 500 words for 31 days gets close to that 31 day mark, I am excited. I am not excited that I am “almost there”, but excited because I have made it to a new level with each day that I wrote. Even on the one day that I wrote under 500 words. In my mind, that day counts as well. Why? Because it still brought me closer to “almost there.” It was not on purpose. I certainly meant to fulfill the entire “deal”, but I am still in the race. The race is only with me, so there is no one to complain if I keep moving or if I don’t. There is no one to say “you missed 21 words on one day.” Just me. Just me saying, “it’s okay, life happens and you have done well!” Just me making the rules that I follow and the outcome I will achieve. To last 21 days doing something new is an amazing feat in itself. It carries with it a discipline I often times do not have. What have I learned? I have learned that I can do this. I have learned that I want to do this. This is pleasing to my soul. It helps me to focus and provides me something to be proud of at the end of the day. It says to me that I have made a choice every day to make a difference in my life. It also says that by making a difference in my own life I can make a difference in other people’s lives. And sometimes it is when we least expect it. Yesterday I wanted to just run from a project. A sinking feeling grew in the pit of my stomach as I tried to tackle this project. I didn’t clearly understand how to orchestrate it and was overwhelmed almost from the beginning. But then, after I finished the project, even though it didn’t go perfectly, I was better informed. I knew more than before I started and I know what to do and what not to do now. And, as a bonus, I was able to help someone else who was having similar issues. Definitely a reason to continue on! I thank God that He allows me to continue on this journey called life and I give Him all the glory. I know I can do nothing without Him, but with Him all things are possible. Blessings!