“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” Lao Tzu
I’ve been meaning to start a blog about yoga for quite sometime now, but I was filled with a lot of doubt about what specific yoga theme should I write about (there are so many wonderful yoga blogs out there, how could I possibly contribute with something new?), or if anyone would read or like what I wrote about, would I have time to keep the blog up and running with frequent new content? Why did it matter what I write about if no one is going to read. Fear and doubt can be paralyzing and I never got a single project or idea in motion.
And then it came the need to have a personal website for my yoga teaching career, so I thought, why not add my dreamed about blog along with the website? I finally got around creating both, but then I sat in front of the computer paralyzed again by the same concerns. I knew I only needed to write the first post, to get it in motion and the inspiration and themes for all the new posts would come naturally and with time.
I suddenly remembered when I was a teenager, and a water polo competitive player. I trained everyday, all year long, including winter time. I saw myself again, by the edge of the pool, dreading jumping inside the cold water, and fearing even more when, after three hours of non-stopping swimming I would have to get out of the water, into the cold air, and run at the top of my lungs to the hot shower. Standing there, gathering the courage to jump was actually the worst part of the training, because the moment I had the courage to take the decisive step that would plunge my body into the freezing cold water, all the hesitation and fear were instantly gone from my mind. I knew what I had to do: I had to keep swimming and fast, to keep warm. I knew how to swim, I knew how to play, that part was just so easy.
The same analogy can be applied to my blog, or any other activity that I have fears and doubts about the outcome. Just take the first step that will break the ice and set whatever it is in motion, and go from there, adjusting, steering, feeling the way as I go. It is a law of physics after all: a body in motion tends to stay in motion. A body inert will remain inert unless an outside force acts on it. I acted upon my blog. I wrote the first post, took the first step and set it in motion.