Isn’t it funny how day by day nothing changes but when you look back everything is different? (C. S. Lewis, 19th-20th century British writer)

It is strange, isn’t it, that after the mundane day-to-day work has morphed into months and years, things look so much different in hindsight? We couldn’t see any significant change as we did our work, but those minute advances accumulated amazingly. Lewis implies an important lesson: develop a long-range perspective; keep the distant goal in mind and work hard for it.

If we already have something, we don’t need to hope for it. But if we look forward to something we don’t yet have, we must wait patiently and confidently. (Romans 8:24-25)