A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Lao Tzu
Here I am writing about getting started and I find myself wanting to pick the “best” quote there is and I started to laugh and chose the one above. How often have I found myself feeling overwhelmed at all the things I have on my “to do” list. I just don’t know where to start. I keep having this childish notion that when I go to sleep, half the list will mysteriously get done and when I awaken I will have only half to be completed. I kept having this notion and kept awakening to the complete list plus more to do.
As a Rabbi, Spiritual Counselor and Sober Coach, I spend countless hours helping people “get started”. I know from having been stuck in my own life how daunting it can be to get started and change one’s life. Yet I also know from personal experience the exhilaration I feel today having the faith I do to get started every day. For me, when I awaken and inhale and exhale the first breath of a new day, I am starting at that moment.
Someone once said to me, just start. What did they mean, just start? Didn’t they know how long my list was and how many things I had to do? How could I just start? What would I do first? They said it did not matter. Just pick one thing, do it and cross it off the list. How alien that was to my thinking, but I had a leap of faith and did one thing, checked it off the list and felt infinitely better. So, I did another thing and crossed it off the list and kept just doing one more thing and before the day was over, I had done most of the items on my list and felt this amazing sense of accomplishment. I came to understand that God (whatever that means) was doing for me what I could not do for myself.
God works in my life in mysterious ways and the power to just “get” started sometimes comes from a place I accept but do not understand. What I have learned is that if I take care of the effort, the outcome will always take care of itself.
My prayer for you today is that you just focus on “getting started” and know that you are already successful by having taken action.