On Commitment

Until one is committed there is always hesitancy,

the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness,

there is one elementary truth,

the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans:
the moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too.

All sorts of things occur to help that would never otherwise have occurred.
A whole stream of events issues from the decision,

Raising to one’s favor all manner of unforeseen accidents and meetings

And material assistance which no man could have dreamed

Would come his way.

Whatever you can do or dream you can begin it.

Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.

-W.H. Murray, often misattributed to Goethe

I came upon this today and felt it very relevant, particularly for the New Year. The lovely photos are by my friend Jean-Pierre Antonio.

Best wishes to you all for 2008.


  1. best wishes for a productive year!

  2. All the best to you too, and thank you for the inspiring quote and photos


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