The human mind always makes progress, but it is progress in spirals. (Madame de Staël, 18th-19th century French political theorist)

Whether it’s writing a paper or creating a new tool, we want our progress to be a straight line upward to success. In real life, however, it rarely works that way. The essay or thesis requires a lot of research, often leading to dead ends and starting over. Looking back on a completed project, we’ll see there were many turns on the way, and we’re glad we stuck with it.

Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. (James 1:4)