Step by Step

Sometimes you can’t even even walk. But we imagine ourselves running, and then we get demotivated when we see that running leaves us exhausted after mere seconds.

Sometimes all we are able to do is crawl.

Put one foot ahead of the other. A book is written word by word.

No gesture is too small. When you have a goal, and there is no progress – see that you are not trying to run before you’ve mastered walking.

See if you can’t break down things into very small steps, so small that it seems silly to consider doing so.

Sometimes all we can do is one word. The sentence must be left for the next day. Sometimes all we can do is find a phone number. The call is a problem for tomorrow.

It doesn’t matter. One step every day, and who knows where we will be in a month, in a year?

“It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.”

― Bilbo Baggins, in  The Lord of the Rings  by J.R.R. Tolkien


Painting by Soni Alcorn-Hender