I've been trying to find a way to write this down that would make sense to other people.
I think I might have figured it out. Let's give this a try...
Finding the right place, the right people. Drawing up plans, getting everything in place. Digging, filling the foundation. Finally - Now finally they get to start building the walls. You can see something happening.
Up until those walls, all you've seen is construction. You've been delayed. The road has been less than smooth and you thought nothing would EVER get built.
I'm finally building the walls.
The foundation is the hardest, most important part. The part where you feel like it's not working. It's bumpy, its ugly, it feels like you're being delayed. Trust me though - It just makes building the walls that much more rewarding.
It's still hard work, but I get to SEE the results. FEEL the results. Get compliments on the results. It is an all around good feeling.
When this building is finished I will go through to building a new one. We're never done learning, and building who we are.
On a semi-related note...
I watched this video: The Last Lecture. I can't suggest to you with any more enthusiam that you should also watch this video. Boy does Randy Pausch dish out some amazing wisdom.
One piece is, “Experience is what you get when you didn't get what you wanted. And experience is often the most valuable thing you have to offer.”