A good friend of mine once suggested that especially when taking on a big project, or a life change for that matter, that you should keep track of your small successes. Milestones, is what she called them.
They are small moments of triumph. Pivotable moments when the world changes in a small, but significant way. Those moments when you recognize progress. She suggested that those moments get written down, recognized, and celebrated. It is sage advice. In the press and flux of everyday life, we tend to look at what is not done, the waiting list, the "I gonna, but don't wanna, or don't know how to."
Recognizing the milestones, is like receiving a blessing and confirmation. Most importantly, in those moments of despair, or don't know what to do, They can be reviewed for both inspiration and direction!
Seven years ago I set off for Asia with the desire and dream of mastering enough Chinese to get below the surface of the medicine that I practice.
On October 1, I return to China, for a month, with 10 other practitioners in tow to study with a doctor of unusual skill and knowledge, that I know there.
The milestones of this journey are scattered through both years and continents. It may seem extraordinary to say "I'm taking acupuncturists to China and translating for them", but a look at the journey, told through the story of milestones reveals that it is a journey like any other.
One foot firmly place in front of the other!