Usually, there are many conflicts within my project to choose from, and so it’s easy to begin. But this week, we had several successes, and so I choose to focus this entry on victories, rather than challenges.
I’ve found that making this ambitious movie is much like climbing a mountain. It’s always an uphill battle, we’re constantly surrounded by the thicket, sliding in mud, banging against the rocks, and with great difficulty to see where we are, where we’ve been, and where we need to go. It’s tough to climb the mountain.
Many who know the incredible true story of FC Start have joined us in this journey, and perhaps they are a big reason why I find it difficult to write about conflict this week. The cheers of others gives the project hope, and hope is the seed of victory.
But there will be no victory laps. There will be no slamming of the football after a touchdown. There will be no flags planted at the top of the mountain.
There will be no vain display to show we expected anything but victory.
We will win because we did the work.
Victory will come in the silent moments. They are small in action, but tremendous in gesture: Emails and skype conversations with fans of the project, cheering us forward. New fans signing up, with excitement. Seeing the work come together. Finding new ways to give back to the audience. Sparks of hope filling a vacuum.
Victory is the silent moment when my teammate came around and delivered what was required – on his own time, because it needed to be done, and because he is that kind of teammate.
Victory is in the silent moment after a long day, when I paddle out to join my friends to surf under a glowing sunset. The victory is not in this act, it is in the exhale.
Only by climbing will you get increasingly beautiful panoramas.
And no flag will be planted when you know another is just around the corner.
The Journey Continues
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