“Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.”

Vincent Van Gogh

Today I opened a piece of work that I’ve been attempting to complete for a while. The shear enormity of it terrified me. There was so much to do. And so much I wanted to perfect.

For a moment I almost closed my laptop. I was overwhelmed.

And then I noticed the quote of the day on my Momentum page. The one that is listed at the top of this blog. 

It fitted so perfected. A moment of serendipity.

I looked up the original quote, which van Gogh wrote in a letter to his brother. It reads:

For the great doesn’t happen through impulse alone, and is a succession of little things that are brought together.What is drawing? How does one get there? It’s working one’s way through an invisible iron wall that seems to stand between what one feels and what one can do. How can one get through that wall? — since hammering on it doesn’t help at all. In my view, one must undermine the wall and grind through it slowly and patiently. And behold, how can one remain dedicated to such a task without allowing oneself to be lured from it or distracted, unless one reflects and organizes one’s life according to principles? And it’s the same with other things as it is with artistic matters. And the great isn’t something accidental; it must be willed

Vincent Van Gogh (https://quoteinvestigator.com/2015/12/14/impulse/)

And so that’s what I did today. I focused on the grind. Slowly. Patiently. Through the iron wall.

I’ll get there. And it won’t be accidental. It will be willed into greatness.


Image is from Cape Point, taken on the little adventure this past weekend

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