Tuesday, January 20, 2009

I so needed to read this!

C o m m i t m e n t

Until one is committed,
there is hesitancy,
the chance to draw back,
always ineffectiveness.
Concerning all acts
of initiative (and creation)
there is only one elementary truth,
the ignorance of which kills
countless ideas and splendid plans:
that the moment
one definitely commits oneself,
the 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 dreamed
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

The Scottish Himalayan Expedition

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