Even the Smallest Act

Lose this day loitering –’twill be the same story
To-morrow–and the next more dilatory;
Each indecision brings its own delays,
And days are lost lamenting o’er lost days.
Are you in earnest?
Seize this very minute–
Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.
Only engage, and then the mind grows heated–
Begin it, and then the work will be completed!   

{Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe}


Meaningful action reduces anxiety.

So many times I have turned an idea over in my mind, how to make it real, how to make it matter, all of the difficulties, the challenges, the naysayers alive and well in my imagination. So many times I have let my imagining be its undoing instead of allowing my doing to begin to make it real.

So many times has that first action, that tiny impulse of movement, served to firehose my anxiety and replace it with a sense of progress disproportionate to the smallness of the act.

Meaningful action is real and an anxious imagination cannot be sustained in the face of what is real.


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