Water is just water. Until it gets hot enough and starts to boil. It’s still water but now it’s boiling hot and creating a new, gaseous state that wasn’t there before.
We don’t know exactly when because there are many factors to get it to the exact temperature. It depends on the amount of water, the consistency of the heat applied, and outside factors (like salt).
But, at some point, when the conditions are right, it boils.
The same can be true for the work we want to put out in the world. It never gets noticed, picked up, or becomes helpful to us or others until we actually create it, consistently, over time and put energy or “heat” into the process.
We have to be willing to endure the long arduous process of creating with nothing happening. Sometimes, it can be like watching water boil.
But, like the water, we have to be willing to stay consistent and wait it out. We have to be willing to believe that the generous work we are giving to the world will be noticed and appreciated.
When the conditions are right, our time will come.
We may not know the exact time but we’ll be ready.
We live in a world where we are told that quicker is better. Faster, faster, faster.
The “hot” take
Someone is going to catch us if we slow down. Keep pressing down the accelerator.
But are they? Or is that a story we are making up in our heads?
It doesn’t mean that we have to believe that.
It’s easy to look at examples of businesses or people moving quickly but we have to ask ourselves, “Have they always been moving at “this speed” or are we just watching what happens after momentum takes over after a long winding patient process of action?”
Be intentional about what you are doing. The accelerator doesn’t always have to be pushed to the floor.
The journey will take many unexpected turns. Relish those. Learn. Adapt. But don’t rush.
Things happen when they happen.
But sometimes it’s not as fast as we may want. And we may not be able to control it.
So why get flustered?
Keep chopping wood. Keep progressing forward. Keep living your purpose.