Commitment

Whatever you can do, or dream you can,

begin it.

Boldness has genius, power, and

magic in it.

Until one is committed there is a 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

that would never otherwise have occurred.

A whole stream of events issues from the decision,

raising in one’s favour all manner of unforeseen

incidents and meetings and material assistance,

which no man could have dreamt would have

come his way.

I have 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.”

From the diary of W.H. Murray

The Scottish Himalayan Expedition