Look at a stone cutter 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 the last blow that did it,
but all that had gone before.
~ Jacob A. Riss ~
If ever there was a memorable year for hubby and me, it is this one. 2010 was a watershed year, accomplished by a lifetime of planning, hard work, and perseverance.
We built and moved into our new Grey Havens cottage. We thoroughly enjoyed three wonderful vacations, with exciting memories that will last all of our days. Our health was good, with no trips to the hospital (always a worthwhile annual goal). And we continued to successfully weather the economic downturn that settled into all parts of the country.
It didn’t happen by accident. We charted a path a long time ago to reach our dreams, and then moved forward, taking one step at a time, hand in hand. We endured our share of disappointments and roadblocks along the way. Sometimes a little cursing and tear-shedding occurred when circumstances tried to push us off of the path. (Ah, those little stumbles are supposed to build character, right?) Sad to say, there were no “easy buttons”. But we stomped our feet, dusted ourselves off, and continued on the path, convincing ourselves that our diligence and tenacity would eventually be rewarded.
And with a year like 2010, I can now say that the gamble paid off. We reached our destination, that magical place that once was so very far away in the horizon.
2010 has been an exceptionally great year. Thank you, God, for the blessings we received.
And for you, my dear blogging friends, I hope that this personal reflection serves as a bit of inspiration for you to follow that path to your dreams.