“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” – Lao Tzu
Yep. It does. But which way should I start stepping? That’s been my dilemma. That and I seem to always be starting a new journey.
I am in possession of one of those souls that longs for a thousand stories. And they don’t seem to be found along the same path. As far as I can tell, that is. I think I’m not alone in this.
I imagine if I had a single answer that worked for everyone as to how to take that first step, these words would be found in my best-selling book. That is one of the stories I would love to live. A best selling author. May this be my first step on my way there. But I have no one-size-fits-all answer. But I may have an answer of my own, and maybe it will work for you too.
As I’ve said, I feel that I’ve been in this space of beginning for a while now. And that I should be taking my millionth step, not another first. But each moment we have the opportunity to change. And we do change. So we can continue on the path of an old story, start a new chapter or begin a new book entirely. It is liberating and maddening to me all at once.
But the one thing that I think I have figured out is the first step of all my best journeys thus far isn’t a movement at all. It is stillness. It is a step inward. And that too is maddening but it is true. I know this innately. And as frustrating as it is to keep taking this “first” step, if I stop to actually appreciate what I have accomplished, I see I have come a long way on my soul’s path.
When I frame this step as a step towards doing my work and frame my work as a career in the worlds view, outwardly it would seem I have lost my way. But as life keeps revealing to me, my true work is this journey. And this kind of work doesn’t offer a linear path. This kind of work needs to give the full ride with all the twists and turns, and not knowing where it ends and begins is part of its beauty.
I still have a thousand journeys held within my heart. And I still don’t know that I will travel them all. But I will take another “first” step inward and trust I’m going the right way.
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