The Challenge In Beginning

Post by Jo Anna Rothman.

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The Challenge In Beginning

Sometimes, the hardest part is putting pen to paper. Fingers to keyboard. Taking a deep breath and letting the words, ideas, creative goodness flow. That first step…back into it again and again. The weight is heavy. Gravity seems to be working against. The minuscule moment of beginning seems impossible. It’s an instant and yet sometimes it feels like it takes forever.

Maybe we stare at the emptiness. The blank space waiting to be filled. It’s wide. Open. Inviting. Terrifying. The call for perfection may sound loudly, creating a wall of noise that stops the first step right in its tracks. The wondering of where the path even starts. Where it leads? If it ever ends? The mind goes wild and bare all at once.

So what to do? How do we start, when the ideas aren’t flowing? Or maybe they are, too many at a time to even begin to capture. How do we take that first, majestic, daring and scary step?

We just do. However that looks. No matter how it feels. We do. It comes down to the willingness. The willingness to try. To fail. To do it once more a million times over. There is no magic potion. No perfect way to process and fix. At some point it comes down to doing. Or not. The line that divides action from inertia is thin, though when standing in that center it seems like a canyon. One committed tiptoe forward can propel us in magical ways.

The mind will chatter. The fear will balk. And we…we as amazing and whole creatures, do not have to listen. We don’t have to fight either. We can simply begin. Forgetting that the end results need to look this way or that. Forgetting that the outcome matters. We can simply do something. And keep going. Not stopping no matter how awkward it may seem.

Being the amazing, creative powerhouses we are, we see the end. All wrapped up in a beautiful bow. It’s clear. It’s perfect. The road to get there, however, no where in sight. Or it seems so convoluted that our imaginations negate progress before we any movement is made. We can sit in the stuck or we can move anyway. We can do something. Anything in the direction of our desires is time well spent. The path will open up. Our mind will slow down. Ease and grace show back up. And we will wonder what took us so long to get going in the first place.

Jo Anna Rothman, MA is an intuitive coach and facilitator of The Receiving Project. She revels in assisting people in falling in love with their lives. She is committed to living a life full of pleasure, purpose and enthusiasm. And perhaps most important, she knows the secret to the perfect s’more.

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