Commitment Leads to Action


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“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back. 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 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 dreamed would have come his way. Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now.”

— William Hutchinson Murray (1913-1996), from his 1951 book entitled The Scottish Himalayan Expedition 

Many thanks to my friend, Barb Herman, for sharing this quote with me. And while I can’t quite say what it all is yet, know that big things are brewing here at Calm Chicago. A transformation is taking place. Soon we will emerge from the chrysalis with a new name and a wide array of new services. 

It’s a very exciting time. And what’s really interesting is that the potential for these changes has been here all along, but it took actually committing, making a decision to make things happen, to create the change that’s now  taking place. 

I’ve come to realize that everything is essentially a problem of physics. And like the story of the Lorenz butterfly in Chaos theory, sensitive dependence upon initial conditions, all it takes is one tiny change, a single, simple  act in the mind, that choice to commit, that opens the door to all kinds of exciting possibilities for helping people create positive change and grow beyond their wildest dreams.

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Author: Hillary Johnson

Improvisational documentary and fine art photographer.

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