“Come to the edge, he said. They said: We are afraid. Come to the edge, he said. They came. He pushed them and they flew.” ~Guillaume Apollinaire
In this round world of ours we create edges of our own. There are borders we refuse to cross, branches we are afraid to climb, and rivers we only dare to swim. Yet, we think about doing these things.
Often it comes down to determination. It starts with intention and continues with commitment.
Have you ever read a five hundred page book? Chances are you didn’t do it in one sitting, but read a few chapters a day. If you enjoyed it well enough to finish it, you were glad you put in the time.
Every day, people achieve what they presumed to be the impossible for them. People who are afraid of water might not jump right into swimming lessons, but start with getting their feet wet. Some who say they can’t run start out walking down the street and in time end up competing in marathons.
What is it you want to do? Lose weight? Learn to sew? Write a book? Play the piano? Sing? Paint? Take photographs? Take the first step today. Do it again tomorrow. Take it a step farther the day after that and so on. You can do whatever it is you want as long as you intend to do it.
Once we pass the edge, we usually find it wasn’t nearly as scary as we anticipated.
Take the plan out of your head, and put yourself physically into the plan.
“The world can only be grasped by action, not by contemplation. The hand is the cutting edge of the mind.” ~ Diane Arbus