Writing Challenge: Set a timer and write without pause. Every time you are stuck, write down the phrase ‘Begin it,’ and begin again.
Begin it now, with a word, and another. Begin it.
Begin it, keep going, don’t think, don’t overthink, don’t stop, don’t try, you don’t need to try, you don’t need to do or be any one thing. This is the beginning.
Begin it, take action, this is action. This is action, this is a challenge, this is a training. A practice in taking action. A practice in beginning.
— — and the mind is jumping in, the thoughts are crowding, the hands are hesitating. Resistance is rising.
I don’t know. I don’t know how. I don’t want to do this. I don’t know.
Okay. You don’t know. You don’t need to know. You don’t need to know it all, and you know you never will. It’s not about knowing. It’s not about wanting. It’s about taking the action anyway. You can think and think and live in your thoughts and beliefs. You can float away in fantasies and planning. There is time for floating. Now is the time for action. Now is the time to begin.
Begin it, yes you. Yes, now. Yes. You’re doing it already. (With this word, and this one, and this one again). This is how we begin.
We, each one of us, and each self within us. This is how we meet the selves within us.
Self-doubt and fear, perfectionism and anxiety. I see you. I feel you. I hear you, saying:
I can’t, I’m not ready, I can’t do this.
Love and courage, play and curiosity. I see you. I feel you. I hear you, saying:
Let’s go! Let’s do this! What will be next? fa;kdhdghfd;kljfdklgj , bet you didn’t see that coming?! words words keep the words going. eggplant. pottery. what’s the story about? a man with a bee who lives in his shoe. a child who wants to fly, a turtle who wants to write a novel about Babylonian history. a tree that stood before the world was created, and will keep standing until the end of time.
Time is your friend, time can be your friend. Time says: the time is now! You have time, this is the opportunity.
Take one step. Write one word. Do one thing.
Action has magic, grace, and power in it.
Magic will happen.
There is magic that happens beyond thought, beyond belief, beyond the ideas and stories you carry inside.
Are you ready? It doesn’t matter what your answer is.