Tuesday, April 14, 2009

The Power of Commitment

Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back. 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 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 do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now.
~ William Hutchinson Murray

I was recently sent this quote by a friend - wow, how powerful and true! I have only just recently begun to truly experience the power of commitment. At other times in my life, I thought I was committed to things, but now looking back, I always seemed to commit about 95% - always leaving an exit or escape route. For me today is different. I have finally committed 100% to a path and am now beginning to experience this Providence. Things that I never imagined possible are beginning to happen. I was once told that when you let go of the HOW and just commit to the what and the journey, you will be amazed at what all might appear and how incredible the journey.

This has been my experience lately. It is very different than in the past, when I would set a goal and then think about all of the possible ways in which I could get there. This time, I am allowing it all to unfold on its own. As I do, I have let go of figuring out the how as I would have normally done and as a result things beyond my wildest imagination are appearing - so many times better that I could have ever possibly imagined on my own. It is quite a ride - strange some days, scary others - but a really beautiful and magical journey to experience.

Give it a try. Find what you love and commit to it. It takes courage and boldness, but it is worth it. Once you let go - think of it as a roller coaster ride - put your hands in the air, smile and laugh, scream a little if you need to, but have a blast and remember, this is your life - so enjoy the ride and watch the magic unfold!

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