Saturday, August 9, 2008

Taking the First Step

I have a tendency to “over think” responsibilities until they become extremely overwhelming. This need to be perfect in everything I do is, perhaps, a residual effect of living my younger years in chaos and today I discovered if sometimes I just do enough to get by, well guess what? It is good enough.

Recently I went through an exceedingly difficult time on my journey through life and found myself not having time to complete a paper for a summer course. Every day I would sit at my computer in an attempt to write…and every day it was fruitless; I could not find the words to start my paper.

A few days ago I started with a single sentence and continued to type until the paper was finished. The secret was just to start putting some words on the paper.
My husband has some words of advice, by Calvin Coolidge hung up where he can read them daily:

“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan 'press on' has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.”

Today, as I reflect back, I have discovered how true those words are.