I Believe in Digging
I am a firm believer in digging. Ever since I was a youngster, I have
dug many holes, mostly in my own backyard. I guess I started digging
when my father was planting a baby tree in our backyard to provide
shade for the house. Without him saying anything I just picked up the
shovel and began poking at the already dug hole. I was very young at
the time and couldn’t contribute much to the hole digging effort.
Instead I started my own small hole. I was moving spoonfuls rather
than the shovelfuls but I still saw progress with every scoop. It was
that day that I began my belief in digging.
As I grew older, I became more and more capable of handling a
full-size shovel. However, the yard couldn’t support any more trees,
it was full. Yes, I was bummed, but still anxious to display my
newfound ability to dig. Consequently, I proposed to my father that
we, or I, build a fishpond in the front yard of our house. I don’t
remember his response, but I don’t think it would’ve mattered anyhow.
I planned out as much as I could in the thirty seconds it took me to
grab my shovel and then I started digging. I dug and I dug for minutes
on end. I fell tired more quickly then I planned, but that was not a
problem, I started my project and that’s all I needed. I was nine
years old then and everyday after school I would dig for at least
fifteen minutes. I was still small and easily exhausted, but each day
I saw the hole become wider and deeper and soon enough I could hide
myself in its depths. When it was complete the massive depression in
the earth was seven feet long, three feet wide, and three feet deep.
Sixty-three cubic feet of dirt is a lot of dirt, but by doing a little
each day, I was able to motivate myself with each shovelful, knowing I
was one shovelful closer to completion.
I believe in digging, because I believe in progress. With each
shovelful of dirt, the hole deepens, the pile grows, and you are one
step closer to accomplishing your goal.
With progress you can accomplish anything and for that, I believe in digging.
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