And here we are, welcoming in a new year. Can you even believe it? I'm certainly having trouble accepting that we're sitting here, on the verge of sliding in to 2013 and still no RI, no RV, no CE, nothing to show for all this effort.
Sure, from the outside it appears there has been progress made but that's exactly what we thought over the last three or four years. This happened, that happened, this was pending and that was announced. They said they were going to do this and we heard they were gonna do that. And yet, after all of this and that, here we sit.
As we slid from 2008 in to 2009, we knew we were oh so close, things would be just fine. Then again, tumbling in to 2010, we weren't happy, crying "Oh no, not again." Surely the year after that would without a doubt be heaven, after all, we were heading in to 2011. Knowing full well it was sure to pop, further than that we needn't delve, after all, that would be the signal that we'd have reached 2012. And yet here we sit, on the precipice of a cliff never before thought of or even forseen. Yep, you guessed it, welcome to 2013.
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Looking back over the years, one can't help but remember the burning question for most of us around the same time of the year. More than how could we get to the end of the year and still not see an RI, an RV but more so how on earth could everybody have been so wrong. So far off. How could all of those articles, those statements, those predictions of the best Christmas ever or the happiest New Year on record have just slipped right through the cracks. It just couldn't be, could it? Yes, yes it could. And it was.
Yet, with the perseverance of a gold miner digging through soft dirt, with each collapse of the tunnel, we continued to dig. Sure, many have thrown away their shovels since then but many many others have picked up those shovels, willingly choosing to dig in and to help the majority of us to keep on diggin'. Digging for a better life.
As we break through in to another year, a year than many many of us never even considered seeing, at least not without a pocket full of cash, the burning question remains. How do we find that inner strength to keep on digging. To continue pushing forward. Especially when we have no idea just how far it is we have to go to reach paydirt.
The 'answer' as it were is relatively simple. You basically have two choices. You can bail out early, basically give up and sell your 'shovel' back at a 1/3 loss and just walk away. Or you can do what the rest of us are going to do. You can KEEP ON DIGGING! We have no clue as to how much longer we'll be diggin'. But one thing we do know is that it's only a matter of time before we're doing a different kind of digging. One that involves digging our toes through the warm, soft sand on some far off tropical island. Now, THAT'S my kind of diggin'!
So hang in there folks, grab your shovels and keep on diggin'. Nobody said it would be easy, they only said it would be worth it. And I have a feelin' they're right.