Starting over is hard, but staying in a bad situation, one which you know is wrong for you, is worse. Often, it is making the decision to change and actually taking that first step that is the hardest part. When we first start out, the entire process of a major change looms before us. It can seem scary and overwhelming in its vastness. Panic sets in as we contemplate how much work we have before us and how far we have yet to go. There is so much to do! How will we ever do it all on our own? We forget that significant change is a long process, one which cannot be rushed or hurried, nor can it be done all at once. We must take it one step at a time.
Today’s passage opens with a quote from Robyn Davidson that states, “The two important things I did learn were that you are as powerful and strong as you allow yourself to be, and that the most difficult part of any endeavor is taking the first step, making the first decision.”
On this, Anne Wilson Schaef writes:
“These words were written by a woman who learned to handle camels and traveled alone with them across the Australian Outback. Somehow the intensity of the circumstances under which she gathered these learnings makes them even more profound. What if each of us believed that we are ‘as powerful and strong’ as we allow ourselves to be? What if we quit trying to be accepted by everyone and gave up trying not to alienate anyone and just let ourselves be as strong and powerful as we are? Nothing extraordinary, mind you, just as wonderfully powerful as we naturally are.
And, what if we let ourself take the first step toward what we really want? Nothing big . . . no fanfares . . . just do it!”
We are only as powerful as we allow ourselves to be. How powerful is that statement? Often, we are the only thing holding ourselves back from going out and living our dreams. We each have a life we imagine for ourselves; one that we think about on our way home on the subway or while we’re stuck in traffic during our morning commute. We see it when we close our eyes at night before we drift off to sleep. That is the life we are meant to be living. We owe it to ourselves to make our dream a reality. At the very minimum, we should at least try.
Each day presents us with an opportunity to live our best life. To go out and try. To take the first step toward making our dreams a reality. We should treat each one as the beautiful gift that it is. Every new day we awake is a chance for a fresh start. A blank slate upon which we can write the story of our lives. We are the authors of our own fate. How do we want to write it? We can do anything we set our minds to. It starts with just taking that first step.