You just start.
There is no perfect time.
You are weary of an idea pursuing you & tugging on your soul, so rather than run harder you stop in your tracks, turn around, shake your idea’s hand & say, OK. I will give you 15 minutes of my day NOW. No running out & buying a new pen, notebook, paintbrush, canvas, computer or whatever distraction you may deem necessary. Just sit down & give you & your idea a chance to know each other better.
Lao Tzu, an ancient Chinese mystic once said: “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”So true, but what he neglected to say was that first step is the hardest of the entire journey. On the flip side, it is the most liberating. Your 15-minute appointment with your idea will probably extend to an hour. Then you can hardly wait for the next one. Congratulations- you are on your way.
This scenario is exactly how this blog started on a beat-up legal pad I scrounged from a drawer in my desk. I was ultimately tackled with the idea that I needed to share my stories of life on my creative path, often a lonely one. Hopefully, it can help you, dear reader, on yours. In the process, I had to thumb my nose at my greatest nemesis, perfection, and just start. This is my first step.
2 thoughts on “You Just Start”
I was so happy when I put out my first blog post, but was unsure where it would lead. I found the first four to five posts were slow-going, but then my ideas just burst onto the computer screen.
For a long time in my bipolar illness I felt slowed cognitively, but with practice and just that bit of effort the brain juices started flowing.
Blogging has actually been one of the most therapeutic and inspiring endeavors I’ve ever undertaken. Taking the first step was the hardest part. Like you, now it seems like a natural process.
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