By W.H. Murray
Until one is committed
There is hesitancy, the chance to draw back,
Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation),
There is an 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 to help one
That would never otherwise have occurred.
A whole stream of events issues from the decision,
Raising in one’s favor 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.”
J.M. Dent and Sons, Ltd. 1951