Have you ever seen a sand dune? I hadn't until this weekend and let me tell you, it was incredible.
We were visiting family in Holland, Michigan for the weekend and found ourselves exploring Lake Michigan and the surrounding trails. Somehow, we made our way through a private trail (shh, don't tell anyone). Then, walked about 10 minutes and there it was, the biggest (the only) sand dune I'd ever seen! Of course, we had to climb it.
At first I was terrified, you can't tell in the picture but this sand dune was HUGE. At least 200 ft tall and the slope was almost at 90 degrees but that made it so much more rewarding when we made it to the top.
Once we were up there, we relaxed and enjoyed the gorgeous views. I though about how incredible nature was, how this enormous dune had formed from tiny grains of sand.
How long did it take? How could it stay solid for so long? How was it so powerful?
I thought about how it related to our lives (because I love thinking in metaphors). Those grains of sand didn't pile up in a day. It took months, maybe years of wind and water to blow the sand in the same direction.
So that project, that goal, that thing you're trying to do.. it takes time, patience and consistency.
Do you know why sand dunes are important to the environment? They protect inland areas from coastal water intrusion. They actually serve as a resilient barrier to high energy storms and destructive forces of wind and waves. Those grains of dust that once graced the shore, the ones that you held in your hand while at the beach making sand castles are actually powerful enough, when piled together, to withstand even the strongest of storms. Those small steps you take every day towards your dream, they're piling up! Whether you see it or not they're building your future. What do you want that future to look like?
I was given a powerful reminder this weekend.
You're on the right path, even if it feels like you're moving slowly.
Each day, take at least one small action step towards that project that you’re passionate about and you will start to build your tall and powerful sand dune.
I know it's easy to feel stuck, like you're not getting anywhere, like you're working hard and not seeing immediate results; but the only way to get to where you want to go is by taking a small step today. No matter how meaningless it feels, know that you're making steady progress. Instead focus how far you’ve come, how many lessons you’ve learned and how many people you've helped.
How do you take small steps towards your dreams?
I'd love to hear from you! Please leave a comment if you can relate to this.