When I am talking about doing something or am setting goals, but am not implementing them, I feel run down and depressed. From a spiritual point of view, one must act. Take the chance. Try. Begin.
It does no good to think about meditating, writing, losing weight, or saying thank you. There is no evidence backing the intention. If we only think, we are left with thoughts of what if? We are in the same position as before, with nothing to show for all of the time we spent thinking.
It takes courage to do the first action when the outcome is unknown. I wanted to walk 60 miles in three days, a formidable goal by today’s standards, but I started by a decision, followed by an action, a single step. One action led to the next. I needed to persevere, not just think. I had to train, invest in good shoes, to prepare by bringing water and setting an early alarm. I had to be willing to get sunburns and blisters. By all of these small actions, I met my goal.
At the beginning I didn’t know how many steps I would need to take, who I would meet along the way, or what memories would be mine. But joy followed, and I am very glad that I did more than just think. How thankful I am for the first step and all that followed when I could not yet see the outcome.
What are you just thinking about doing? What is the first step you will take?