I have a passage written by W. H. Murray posted in my meditation room. As I was walking out the door tonight (it’s posted on the wall to the right of the door), I saw this line: “All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred.” Of course you’ll get to read it in its larger context below, but I thought I’d share the jumping point for this particular blog post.
We are struggling with how to raise a baby with no family nearby and currently no means to hire any help. It is causing us to really look at the way (or lack thereof) that our culture supports a family. Yet, if I look closely and observe my days, I find little surprises that support us in a myriad of ways. So, I guess what I’m saying is, it takes a leap of faith to do anything and once you leap, you need to just trust. Here’s the beautiful passage:
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: that 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 favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamt would have come his way.
I have learned a deep respect for one of Goethe’s couplets:
Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it.
Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.
-W. H. Murray
May this inspire you to try something new, leap into something you’ve dreamt of for yourself, and learn to trust that you will be supported.
Happy second week of March!