“If you think this isn’t very hard, that’s because you have been steadily working on getting to this point this whole time.
If someone set us down in front of a block of stone and said, “Here, get going. Create a magnificent relief of a Goddess, and don’t get up until you’re done,” that would be daunting. But if that block of stone came with instructions to create a Goddess by chipping away a little each day, the project wouldn’t be quite as overwhelming.
The work we’ve done didn’t happen overnight. You didn’t just wake up and decide to get the clear picture, stand in the wind and dust on this plateau, stretch your arms and legs, fill your lungs with fresh air, and jump onto a new path.
This has been a long time in the making. Every choice and path correction has led to this point.
Now does it feel like this has been easy?”
“When you put it that way, no, it doesn’t seem easy. If I had known what to expect in the beginning, I’d have crumbled under the weight of it all, like so many pieces of the stone carving of the Goddess.
Perhaps it might have taken me even more time to get here.
By the way, do you really think we are creating a Goddess here? Maybe we‘re really a Goddess hiding in faded Levis and a too big t-shirt?”
“This is a process that can’t be completely understood until you find yourself in the middle of it – doing the necessary work.
No one tells you what to expect out of junior high school or dating or looking for a job or labor and delivery or menopause. Oh sure, those things are talked about, but it isn’t until you experience them that you have a clue.
We have to keep at it – keep chipping away. We are going to mess up from time to time, but we must keep moving forward.
As far as the Goddess thing goes, if that‘s what motivates you, fine.
How about being the best Jesse we can be. How about assuming from the get-go that we‘ve got some good material to work with here.
With a little chiseling and polishing, I think we could come up with something pretty good.”
— Excerpt from Seeing My Path.