The art of commitment

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“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans.

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 favour 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, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Begin it now.”

Goethe

An interesting mission statement and so relevant now. We are all being asked to shed old habits, old ways of being and move up into new levels of consciousness. It is hard, because we fear change, but the rewards are huge.

Sadly there is still a desire to return to the old ways as manifested by the government and financial dealers and until new thought processes are embraced all round we will continue to see dramas unfolding.

But there is change happening. There have always been periods of boom and burst. There has to be destruction to make way for renewal. The biggest difference now is that it has become such an intensely personal need for change.

The way forward is to take personal responsibility. We have been wildly encouraged to become victims; to fall back into the arms of others, be it in our relationships, our money (credit cards & mortgages), education (where we are all being encouraged to become as stupid as possible) and corporations taking over all aspects of our purchasing. We are ants, endlessly manipulated by the media and our desire for more. To travel on the tube in the morning and see all those commuters hungrily lapping up the free papers filled with adrenalin rushing stories of death. Disaster and comparison. It is scary. But very, very clever.

Imagine if each of us turned off the iPod, turned and talked to another and started to avoid the media… Wow, how amazing the communication would be.

What do you long for deep inside yourself that is about you, who you are, what you can do? Your silent, unspoken ambition? What do you want to change about yourself? Do differently? Change, try? Find that thing, that spark, the ray of light, the beam of hope and climb onto it, ride it out into the light and become. Now is the time. Begin it now and turn to the person next to you and offer them a hand out of the mire. Take someone with you.