As we do around this time of year, I have been looking back, contemplating the past year, marveling at how at once it can feel like it flew by yet something that happened in the spring seems like it was ages ago.
This year has been one of building, creating, making things happen - and dealing with all the setbacks and challenges that seem inevitable on such journeys.
One thing I've learned is that for some things there are no shortcuts. You've got to dig in and do the work with dedication and perseverance. There's no app for it. It may take years. It will take years. But what can be achieved is all the more astounding for it.
This month's photo reminds me of that. These are the hands of an old Greek woman creating beautiful beadwork the only way one can. One bead at a time.
What you don't see in the picture is the tiny little town of Pyrgi on the Greek island of Chios where it was taken. This entire town is a testament to the beauty that can be created when you aren't concerned that it may take too long. Check out Pyrgi.
Here's something to think about... a friend recently told me that she heard it takes 10 years to truly master something. Her take on that was not to be discouraged, but to think how wonderful it is that in one lifetime you can master so many things!