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We often hear people use the phrase “GRINDING” as a word to describe working hard and long toward a desired goal. Yet, how many of us have been grinding in the dark for so long that we often don’t believe there is a light beyond that long, dark tunnel?  We keep churning, chugging, and pushing towards a goal. We keep digging and digging but we don’t feel we are any closer to our desired goal.

We start to wonder if the light will ever shine for us.

We see flashes. We see glimmers. We see glow that leads us to believe that we are close to our final destination.

Unfortunately, we often experience heartache when we realize that we still have further to go in our journey. And the heartache can be crushing. When going down an unknown path, we often don’t have the ability to look at a map to tell us how close we are to achieving our goal. We don’t know where the benchmarks are, and we are not sure if we have made a wrong turn.

And it is in these moments we believe we need someone to tell us if there is actually a light.

We want someone who will remind us that the tunnel is long, but there is a destination. We want someone who will have faith in our ability to reach the end of the tunnel. We want someone to tell us that the light we haven’t seen yet is not imaginary.

The light is not a hope or a prayer. The light is not a myth or a fiction. We want someone to remind us that the light is on and is waiting for us to see it. We just want some kind of sign that all this work is not in vain.

The ability to grind in the darkness of the unknown can sometimes overwhelm us.

However, it’s important to remember that we are powerful because we undertake the journey of the grind. We channel. We tunnel. We burrow. We endure. We scrape our knees. We get dehydrated. We crawl. We lose our breath. We scream. We cry.

But the power we use to start us on this grind is the same power that pushes us towards the light. It is that energy that others wish they had. It’s what others admire us for having.

So, when faced with the daunting weight of deciding whether to keep grinding or abandon the grind, we must never lose sight of two fundamental truths:

First, there IS a light!

Second, you don’t need some external validation. Your actions, your drive, and your work are all the confirmation you need to know that there IS light at the End of the Tunnel.

Anthony Reeves

From chasing ice cream trucks to serving as a lawyer, professor, dancer, and activist, I'm on a mission to educate and inspire others to be their best selves.

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