Starting

I wonder how many more things we could experience in life if we could get past the starting point. Indecisiveness, perfectionism, various fears, are some of the reasons we don’t get started. And yet, at other times we feel a little bold, we hear a word of encouragement, or maybe someone challenges us and we’re up and running. I recently started on something because of a challenge. Someone I highly respect simply said, “You can do something or you can do nothing.” I chose to do something.

I think of Peter in the boat looking out at Jesus on the water. Peter, often characterized as impulsive at least got his feet wet. I could use some impulsiveness in my life, I tend to overanalyze. And yet, my inactivity is usually tied to fears. What if I choose B when I should have gone with A. Maybe I’ll be wrong altogether. I am of late, learning to give myself permission to make mistakes. Perfectionism is a hard dragon to kill.

It was Theodore Roosevelt who said, “In a moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.”

Well, I did it, I started. And actually, it feels pretty good.

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