Most days I’ll awake before anyone else; make a great coffee and settle into a comfortable spot. Everything is peaceful and calm. Whether I have something inspirational to read or I just sit in the quiet with my thoughts, this precious time brings clarity and balance; it allows me to move forward.
Many times in my life the exact words I needed to express an idea, a feeling, an experience even, have appeared in some form and dramatically changed the way I look at life. Words feed my soul, and this ritual has become my way. When I was first thinking of this magazine, my friend Pamela dropped an Oprah Magazine article in my mailbox. Quite simply that article is the reason this magazine exists today. I’m happy to share it with you; I hope it inspires you do what is right for you.
The article was about a passage by William Hutchinson Murray, from his 1951 book entitled The Scottish Himalayan Expedition.
“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, 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 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.”
It was what I already knew but couldn’t express. In a moment of quiet confidence, the decision was made, I was committed, and I have not looked back. I learned that if you take the time, in the quiet, to really listen to the words in your heart, those words will appear to you in a way only your soul understands.
I have also learned there is an absolute truth in the words of that passage.