Go For It…Take the Next Step!

Out on our balcony last night, straining to see the ‘Blood Moon’ through the clouds, I was offered another humerous insight into human behaviour (mostly my own human behaviour!). You couldn’t see a thing because of the cloud cover, yet I spent the best part of half an hour staring at the clouds as if by just staring, the clouds would somehow clear and reveal all. They didn’t. But we did see the the moon with a slice missing before it disappeared behind said clouds, so we settled for that.

It reminded me of what an ancient prophet said a long time ago about us being guided by a lamp to our feet and a light to our path. It spoke of the old camel trains that travelled centuries ago along the Silk Route from China and India in the east to the Mediterranean Sea. They often travelled by night, and in those days, without the benefit of GPS or Google Maps, they depended on the light of old oil lamps. These lamps were not much chop and at a push, would light up about the length of half a camel, just one or two steps at a time.

Camel train silhouetted against colorful sky crossing the Sahara Desert, Morocco

Then once a month, the moon would come up and they would get a sense of the horizon and refocus on where they were headed. Then it was back to one step at a time by the dim light of an oil lamp.
Yet these travellers covered vast distances, over 6,500 kms right across the top of the world. They knew exactly where they were going and it took a long time but they got there by just taking the next step, and the next…

I wondered was this a good analogy for our lives, our businesses, our hopes and dreams? A famous writer once said that the future is dimly-lit and hard to see, but the present is brightly-lit and clear to see. We can have a goal, a destination or a dream yet sometimes we hesitate because we can’t see how we can get there. And, in truth, we rarely CAN see the whole journey, but we CAN always identify the first step.

Goethe’s famous quote on taking the first step is one of my favourites:

“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance
to draw back.
…but the moment you definitely commit yourself,
Providence moves,
And all sorts of things occur to help you that would never otherwise have occurred,
raising in your favour all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and assistance which no-one could have dreamed would come your way.
Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.
Begin it now.”

So my Moment of Clarity this week is to step out and “Go for it”. Even if we can’t see the moon we can always see the next step in front of us. So take that first step, get into motion. Whether it is a dream, a change, breaking new ground, whatever, “Go For It!” And, in time, like the great camel trains of the Silk Road you will get there – even if it is just one step at a time.

Have a great week. As always, I welcome your feedback.

All the Best, Brian.

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