How to Begin
If you are having trouble beginning, and if it seems impossible for you to start, then maybe you are right. You should just quit it.
If you want to write a novel, then forget it.
Are you trying to meet the love of your life? You’ve no chance. Do you want to be the CEO of a tech giant, or the greatest martial artist in the world? Do you want to feel at peace in this world? Forget it. Forget it. Forget it.
You are a child and a dreamer. There is a whole world of things which you cannot do, you can only have done.
If you want to begin, then this is the scope of action:
- Move limbs (maybe poorly).
- Move objects (if they’re not too heavy)
- Press a button (or pull a switch)
- Move the body from one place to another (maybe slowly with frequent rest)
- Speak aloud (or just make noises).
- Speak silently inside the mind (or imagine a picture, sound or feeling).
- Look, listen, smell and touch.
Even these things might be pushing it some days. Don’t even think about starting a revolution or even changing someone’s mind. These are not something you can do, only have done.
Maybe one day we will look back and have written a novel, but today, right now, we can only press a key on the keyboard.
Maybe one day, we will meet the love of our life, but today, right now, we can only say “hello” within earshot of a stranger.
Maybe one day, we can lead a big organization, but today, right now, we can only drive to the office.
Maybe one day, we will be a great martial arts, but today, right now, we can only kick as high as we can.
Maybe one day, we will feel at peace, but today right now, we can only take a deep breath.
Anything more is not possible. We couldn’t begin, because it was out of the question. These things that fill our dreams and longings can be compass points, but to do them is not possible: they are endings. Beginnings cannot not leave the tiny sphere of the body and mind. And surely we will have to begin countless times on our way. We will have to begin again and again and again.
So, how to begin? By doing only what is possible for us. The journey of 1000 miles can only be looked back on. The reality is the single step.