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‘Begin – to begin is half the work, let half still remain; again begin this, and thou wilt have finished.’ – Marcus Aurelius.
‘The most effective way to do it, is to do it.’ – Amelia Earhart.
This post could very nearly have begun with Douglas Adams’s line about deadlines: ‘I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by.’ Thus were my sentiments when I remembered . . . “Oh, the 02nd of May – that’s tomorrow, isn’t it?” So, I’d best begin. Aha! Congratulate me, gentlemen (and ladies, naturally), I’ve found the perfect segue!
When it comes down to it, there’s no substitute, or so this ancient cosmic wisdom goes, for doing whatever it is you wish to do – no planning, no having to think about it before you can think about beginning to do it – just doing it.
How do we do that? We begin. We make tiny faltering steps (‘haphazardly’ and ‘badly’ if need be) – or even a great big sweeping beginning with big swooshing strokes in a nice freehand – and just get on with it. Rough and ready, if need be. Letting it find its own flow with the odd natural pause for reflection if that suits. But just setting out to commence and doing it.
There, that wasn’t so hard, was it?Published in