“From now on we live in a world where man has walked on the Moon. It’s not a miracle; we just decided to go.” –Tom Hanks
Oh, come on. It’s not as easy as just deciding to “walk on the moon”.
Or is it?
One hot summer day, my family and I decided to hike up a mountain in New York’s Hudson Valley. Rob and I grabbed bottled water and protein bars, quelled the protests from the kids, and started hiking along a small lake on a well-worn path. Eventually—hours later—and with some amount of encouragement, and stops along the way, we made it to the top. As I looked down from the thinning skies, where the turkey vultures circle and glide, I spied the silvery lake from which we began our ascent. Huh. Perspective is everything. It marks not only space in miles hiked, but grounds the viewer in the experience and challenge of miles spanned, of the achievement and the perseverance that got you there. How is it done? One decisive step at a time.
We, all too often, underestimate the power of our intensions, decisions, our will and determination. A simple affirmation comes to mind: I can do it. And all too often, the chatty downers who dwell in our heads say: I can’t do it. What have you been wanting to do, but haven’t? Is it as simple as placing one foot in front of the other and taking the first step? Making the first move? Maybe it’s as simple as saying “I can do it” and letting the universe show you how. How will you know if you don’t try?
Tell me—What are you going to do that you’ve been putting off or denying yourself now that you know you can?