I’m sure you’ve heard the Chinese proverb that says, “a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” The more accurate translation is:
A journey of a thousand
Starts beneath one’s feet.
No matter the translation, those are powerful - and accurate - words.
The picture above is one of my journeys that I take. On the left is what it looks like when I first start out. It’s dark - sometimes a little too dark, and I’m always happy that the track is fenced in because there are plenty of wild animals (especially skunks!) roaming about.
It’s gloomy, and sometimes foggy, and definitely hard to see.
I have to walk. And walk. And walk. Usually around four or five times until it starts to look like the picture on the right. Daylight comes and I can finally see what is surrounding me.
Every journey we take is like this.
My work at home journey is the exact same way. I started in complete darkness, fumbling around, not knowing what the hell I was doing. There were plenty of times I tripped, stumbled, and completely fell over.
I was scared. I didn’t know what was going to happen. I didn’t know if I was going to meet up with skunks crossing my path.
And I’m still on that journey. Sure, it’s a little brighter out and I’m more confident. But I have a long way to go until I’m exactly where I want to be. And it could take years.
Our journeys take time. A lot of time. It’s going to be dark in the beginning and you’re not going to be sure exactly what’s out there when you start. But you have to be courageous and you have to take the first step. And the second step. And the thousandth step.
Are you ready to start your journey now? What’s standing in your way from taking the first step?
Frankie and Andrea take turns sharing stories. Just good talk over a cup of coffee.