The Power of Beginning

posted by Sharon April 17, 2012 23 Comments

Sometimes you stand on the shore and wonder what it would be like to plunge into the waves.

You feel that tug to jump in. Oh, but you also feel so small and the waves are so tall. They crash, they collide.

Finally you think you’re ready to take the first step.

Yep, here you go.

You may move too fast when you finally decide to commit, but that’s okay because Dad has your back.

In case of a setback, it’s no problem if you’re sad for awhile.

Eventually, you’ll be running back in for another go.

Are you standing on the edge of something you would like to do, afraid to run into it and commit? In The War of Art, author Steven Pressfield talks about fear to try a new thing. Here’s a summary of his long list of what we fear: “Fear of the consequences of following our heart. Fear of being ridiculous. Fear of launching into the void, of hurtling too far out there.” He also offers a remedy for fear, quoting Goethe: “Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, magic, and power in it. Begin it now.”

You can wait on the shore and think about whether or not to go for it. “It” may be tackling a new sport, taking up a new instrument, writing, painting, singing, drawing, learning a language, expanding photography skills, building a friendship. Don’t be paralyzed by fear. Take stock, see that someone has your back, then go!

What beckons you to plunge in? What dream would you like to pursue? What does your first step look like?

Linking up with Inspired Tuesday, Sweet Shot Tuesday and Texture Tuesdays. Photos are processed with Kim Klassen’s texture, Shine. Linking up with the debut of the GRAND Social Blogging Event, too!

 

 

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23 Comments

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cathy @ ma vie trouvee April 17, 2012 at 7:54 am

What a precious series of photos – looks like a fun day! Love the third one with the yellow dress.

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angela dunn April 17, 2012 at 8:49 am

What a wonderful post, and your images tell such a fantastic moment with your family

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Becs April 17, 2012 at 9:22 am

What gorgeous pictures, beautifully processed. I absolutely love the one where she is standing on her tiptoes. Love your words and quotes from Steven Pressfield too.

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Just Jen April 17, 2012 at 11:32 am

Most excellent photo story!
And “aMaddie3.jpg”? Makes. me. swoon!

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Mrs. Zoom April 17, 2012 at 11:38 am

Wow! Your sweet shot is stunning. Love the pop of color from the dress. Beautiful!

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Giulia April 17, 2012 at 12:10 pm

Wonderful story. Her dress looks almost identical to something I had as a child and then had my daughter wear.

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Jessica @ Balancing the Dream April 17, 2012 at 12:35 pm

great shots! I love how each one conveys great emotion and a story!!

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Susan April 17, 2012 at 1:01 pm

Oh wow…this was just incredible. Beautiful shots and I love what you shared. Thanks…

Hope your day is blessed!

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Kristy, Life-n-Reflection April 17, 2012 at 1:35 pm

What an inspiring post!! I’m actually starting something new today. And this helps give me strength, thank you!

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Pat April 17, 2012 at 2:27 pm

Delightful beach story. It brought back memories of when my children were that age.

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Mona April 17, 2012 at 4:03 pm

Oh Heavens these pics are wonderful. She is adorable 🙂

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peggy gatto April 17, 2012 at 4:20 pm

I adored each picture!!!
How lucky you are!!!!!!

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Mama Zen April 17, 2012 at 5:58 pm

Love that third shot!

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Life with Kaishon April 17, 2012 at 11:05 pm

What a beautiful reminder. Love her little dress. Gorgeous!

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Gina April 18, 2012 at 2:37 am

Great post- so well said! Love the perspective on that third shot.

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Sandy April 18, 2012 at 5:13 pm

Sharon, this is a beautiful post. I love the message and the photos are so precious!

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Gretchen April 19, 2012 at 1:28 am

I love beach pictures. These are wonderful!

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Emily April 19, 2012 at 3:27 am

LOVE this story and the beautiful photos. Thank you for sharing!

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Desirae R April 19, 2012 at 11:14 am

Love this post. It speaks to me in so many ways right now!

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Marilyn Gallas April 20, 2012 at 4:29 am

These photos are so fun, and I love your commentary that goes with them.

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Lisa @ Grandma's Briefs May 15, 2012 at 3:17 am

This is beautiful, the photos and the text. Such precious kiddos. A fitting post for my new GRAND Social venture. Thank you for linking up…and for making me see that diving into something new was exactly the right thing to do.

(Thank you for the mention at the end of your post, too.)

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Linda May 17, 2012 at 4:44 am

Beautiful post! I too am a proud grandma and absolutely cherish every minute i spend with my grandson, so I can relate! I’ll be guest blogging monthly on my daughter’s motherhood blog, so swing by! http://www.mamainstyle.com/happy-mothers-day-grandma-in-style-edition/.
I love your perspective. I look forward to following you!

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Sharon May 17, 2012 at 5:10 am

Thanks, Linda! I’ll visit your blog, too! Looking forward to reading about you and your grands!

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