To Commit


I often work directly with the part of people that is anxious. That part wants to slow things down, keep the status quo, worry about the future, replay the past and induce guilt. When we are faced with a choice that doesn't guarantee instant satisfaction, we have to decide to take a stance to endure the ambivalence of time. Without the stance, even if the decision is to stay in the middle, we will second guess, rely on fleeting motivation, and be affected by our own moodiness. Committment has the power to trump anxiety everytime. It moves mountains and allows for the ground to move to meet our feet in ways we cannot even fathom. Goethe sums it up beautifully:

"Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back-- Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth that 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. Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now."

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