Just Begin – I

I’m watching Bill Ryan’s video of Inelia again and remembering back to Bill’s earliest videos on Project Camelot. At the same time I’m reading a discussion that Kimba has initiated on the 2012 Scenario discussion group about beginning a publication project and the thought occurs to me.

So many people are wondering what their missions are and how they will get started and I know for a certainty myself that what was necessary for me was just to begin.

When we take our first few steps we often look at them and say, “My Gawd, that is so amateurish” or “I’ll never get there.” But what we forget is that mastering something comes from practice, practice, practice. And we don’t start practicing until we begin something. Just boldly start in, lacking any evidence of success.

I remember way back in 1976, locking myself in my room for what seemed to be a month, typing out stream of consciousness to get my typing speed up because I realized I was only getting down every third or fourth thought. It took getting up to 95 words a minute to reach the point where I was capturing every one and only then did what I write start to make sense.

I remember when I at last realized that I should write as I speak. Major breakthrough.

I remember writing out page after page of Winston Churchill because I wanted to master his writing style. Practice, practice, practice.

At the Immigration and Refugee Board, I wrote 1500 decisions in eight years. It seemed as if I were writing a decision every two days and each decision was a ten-page document which required research in the country documents, statutes, caselaw, procedures, human-rights literature, on and on. Daily, daily practice.

I can think of three books that I wrote that sit out in the garage and have never seen the light of day. Nor will they ever. Practice, practice, practice. Websites that went up and were taken down. Endless collections of scribblings and notebooks. Boxes and boxes of 3×5 index cards. Just start in.

Don’t judge where you’ll be from where you’re at now. Especially given all the help we’ll be getting soon if you’re not already getting help now (the most likely situation).  Miracles will soon be possible, through the rising energies, release of new technologies, inspiration, etc.

Just begin and don’t worry about your earliest creations. Chances are improvement will be like a J-curve. There is so much work to be done and so many people needed to do every specialized part of it.

Begin collecting graphics, videos, articles, audios, books, links – it matters not what. Create a one-page website with just links – why not? Mount just videos – no writing needed there.

What is it that William Hutchinson Murray said?

“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. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents, meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamt would have come his way. I learned a deep respect for one of Goethe’s couplets:

“Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it.
Boldness has genius, power and magic in it!'”

At no time is this more applicable than today.

Just begin. Get down to it. Start in.

Your perspective on the matter is needed. Your sweat equity is invited. Your contribution can make the difference.

Just begin.



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