“His expressions must have made silent progress in me. I sought a pretext for abandoning my papers and flinging myself into a life of action.”
Nikos Kazantzakis, in Zorba the Greek
It’s natural to consider notable positive events as signposts for progress. That can make us feel that we always need a special occasion to achieve it.
Quite often, progress comes without the bang. It’s gentle. It’s small drips of insight. And we can’t hear it. There’s no event.
Of course, that doesn’t mean it’s not there.
It’s just silent progress.