Begin It


Until one is committed there is hesitancy,

The chance to draw back,

Always ineffectiveness.

Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation),

The is one elementary truth,

The ignorance of which kills countelss ideas

And splendid plans:

That the moment one definitely commits oneself,

Then Providence moves too.

All sorts of things occur to help one

That would never otherwise have occurred.

A whole stream of events issues from the decision

Raising in one’s favor all manner

Of unforeseen incidents and meetings

And material assistance,

Which no man could have dreamt

Would have come his way.

I have learned a deep respect for one of Goethe’s couplets:

Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it.

Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.”

W.H. Murray, from The Scottish Himalayan Expedition

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