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The Moment One Definitely Commits Oneself

Ben Cruachan in Scotland (Gaelic translation: Mountain of Peaks)

Jul 29, 2010

Scotland, Ben Cruachan Mountain

Posted by Kimmy Sophia Brown

Mountaineer, William Hutchinson Murray, (1913-1996), wrote Mountaineeringin Scotland while in a German POW camp during World War II.  Laterhe wrote Undiscovered Scotland and The Scottish HimalayaExpedition. The quote below is from that work.



"But when I said that nothing had been done I erred in one importantmatter. We had definitely committed ourselves and were halfway out of our ruts. We had put down our passage money--booked a sailing to Bombay. This may sound too simple, but is great in consequence. Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. 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, the providence moves too. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one's favor all manner of unforeseen incidents, meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamt would have come his way. I learned a deep respect for one of Goethe's couplets:

         Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it.
          Boldnesshas genius, power and magic in it!"

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