Until One Is Committed

Posted on December 21, 2009. Filed under: Authors, Life, Manifesting | Tags: , , , , |

“Until One is committed…”  are fine words to live by. Here they are quoted by their true author.

by William H. Murray (from his book “The Scottish Himalayan Expedition”):

“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 dreamed would have come his way. “Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.”

The lines in quotes inside Murray’s quote are attributed to John Anster in a “very free translation” of Faust from 1835 where the lines in question are spoken by the “Manager” in the “Prelude at the Theatre”:

Then indecision brings its own delays,
And days are lost lamenting over lost days.
Are you in earnest? Seize this very minute;
What you can do, or dream you can do, begin it;
Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.

The Will Murray quote  has guided my life and important decisions for over twenty years. When I started my magazine, an enormous project, in NYC; these were the words that carried me forward through my fear. These words and the Teddy Roosevelt’s “Man In The Arena” quote from his speech at the Sorbonne in 1910. I will share that with you too.

CITIZENSHIP IN A REPUBLIC
Speech at the Sorbonne
Paris, France
April 23, 1910

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

These are the kinds of thoughts that raise one to experience one’s finest hours of accomplishment and success. Words such as these come from people who have known the hardship of defeat and the ecstasy of great achievement. To experience the purpose of one’s life as fulfilled in any moment has to be the greatest experience of all. Then to give oneself another great reason or purpose for living beyond that is to live each day as if it were the most important day of your life.

May the two quotes above from the finest of world class citizens, bring you the impetus and inspiration that they have brought, and continue to bring to me, each and every day that I touch them.

Many Blessings.

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