The Single Step

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step--Lao-tse, the founder of Taosim, tells us. No matter how far your journey, you will go nowhere, physically or artistically, if you stay where you are.

The seed begins life alone and in the dark, not knowing where it is or what lies beyond its seemingly hopeless surroundings. Still, it grows in tiny increments every day to finally break through the surface of the earth, finds the sun, and eventually blossoms into its full potential. Some seeds never grow and nothing becomes of them.

When we experience a major accomplishment in our work, we call it a breakthrough. We break through whatever barrier, real or perceived, that separated us from our destination. Just like the seed, we toil and grow until we reach the surface to find what lies beyond.

The choices we make every minute of every day can hold us back or propel us forward. That book that calls to you from the bookstore shelf--pick it up. Perhaps it contains the flint that sparks inspiration for your next project. The feather that you find at your feet when you veered off the path--pick it up. It might give flight to an idea that's been swirling around in your mind. The clang of the metal vent that you bumped into accidentally--record it. It could be just the edgy sound your song needs.

An email that I almost didn't open gave me the idea for this blog. It contained an offer for movie tickets, and Christopher Robin was one of the offerings. I'm a big fan of A.A. Milne, so I looked for the trailer, then the quote from Pooh, telling Christopher Robin that "I always get to where I'm going by walking away from where I've been" hit me like an arrow and sent me on a quest for my beloved, dog-eared copy of The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff, which led me to Lao-tse and his wisdom on the journey of a thousand miles.

"I don't know where I'm going, but I sure know where I've been." ~Whitesnake.

Take a single step away from where you've been. It could end up being a giant leap toward your destiny. If a seed can break through, so can you.