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‘Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless 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 favour 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!’ ~William Hutchison Murray

This quote keeps coming into my awareness, time & time again, in conversations with clients, with friends, in contemplation.

I sometimes catch myself and my action-avoidance strategies, during which times there often seems to be a response from the universe along the lines of ‘well if you can’t be arsed, why should we?’

I read recently that the billionaire Jeff Hoffman has a sign in his office along the lines of ‘Ideas are very welcome here, but execution is worshipped.’

Ideas are niceties, but it’s only ever their execution that creates change.

I repeatedly notice that when I do take action, itself an expression of commitment, other things so often line up to support that action also, however small.

As I'm writing this, it comes to mind how many times I got soaked in the last 376 days on my daily walk... Maybe 2. Certainly a lot less than my original perception of British weather…

I witness it in other areas too, especially in my work, clients turning up supposedly 'out of the blue' when I take what looks like completely unrelated action, but with the commitment to help and serve.

When I move, Providence does indeed move too.

How about you? 🙏

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