Gradual Miracles

Mitch Teemley wrote something so insightful and inspirational about the nature of perseverance–and tunnel vision!–that I had to share. Thank you, Mitch, for the encouragement to keep sanding… even if it takes 50 passes or more!!

Mitch Teemley


The good news was that my comedy monster movie had been greenlighted (received financing)! The not-so-good news was that the producers wanted me to relocate the story to America and, thus, reinvent all of the characters. Oy! I sort of saw why, and was sort of on-board, but was also sort of freaking out. OK, lose the “sort of.” I was freaking out.

Where to begin? I started with a must: someone from the original country must to move to America, bringing the problem (monster) with him. But why would he do that? To save the creature! But why? I worked on my outline for a week, brainstorming and tweaking, tweaking and brainstorming. Result? A mishmash of characters from the old version bumping into characters from the new version, like satellites competing for airspace. The story elements refused to blend. I went into the weekend depressed, knowing that, come Monday…

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The Hope of Results

“Do not depend on the hope of results.

You may have to face the fact that your work will be apparently worthless and even achieve no result at all, if not perhaps results opposite to what you expect.

As you get used to this idea, you start more and more to concentrate not on the results, but on the value, the rightness,

the truth of the work itself.

You gradually struggle less and less for an idea and more and more for

specific people.


In the end,

it is the reality of personal relationship that saves everything.”

— Thomas Merton


personal relationship > measurable results