What does it take to start? Here are some thoughts as I join the Five Minute Friday #fmfparty gang to write unedited on a theme sent out (for the last time) by Lisa-Jo Baker. This week its BEGIN.
The start isn’t a big thing, usually. It’s the smallest, smallest action. But it’s action. The beginning of a culinary masterpiece is to pick up the spoon, and take hold of a pan. The beginning of a tribe of children and grandchildren can be the simple stroke of her hair, a tender touch and a kiss. A great sculpture, started with a chip. A Masters dissertation, started with a sentence. A family anniversary party, started with a phone call. A missionary calling that began with a conversation or an email.
Small things. But not insignificant.
It’s true, beginning is hard – but not because the action it takes is onerous. It’s the psychology that’s the challenge. Beginning requires facing down the intimidation and the imagined fears and failings. Beginnings are strong to defy the giant Goliaths of self-doubt, and the reasonings that convince you of defeat before you’ve even tried. Goliaths tell you that you don’t have it in you. But you begin anyway.