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Are you afraid to begin?

When we say we are afraid to begin a project, we are actually saying something else: "I am afraid of how I will feel as I continue." We do not want to start because we do not know that we can continue. It is not the start, it is the finish that troubles us.

Wanting to know where we are going is often how we fail to go anywhere at all. Rather than surrender to the mystery of the creative journey, we want to know each sight we will see, each obstacle we will confront. Each "something" that we will encounter if we dare to begin.

The truth is that we cannot know where our creative trail is taking us. We cannot predict precisely who and what it is we will become. The only certainty is that we will change from who and what we are. We will become something larger and something more, but exactly the form that something more and larger will take is a creation that we have not yet created and cannot demand to know.

The openness to begin is all the openness we are required to have.

from "The Sound of Paper"

3 Comments on "Are you afraid to begin?"

  1. Christina Masterman says:

    Dear Julia, thank you for being such a inspirational and encouraging force. Your voice is the ever-flickering flame deep that keeps my artist’s soul alive. The journey of the heart starts in the present, stays in the present and unfolds effortlessly, without anxiety about its future destination… <3

  2. Profile photo of Claire

    Oh, I needed to read this again. It’s been a while since I’ve read “The Sound of Paper”. This also makes me think of ‘leap and the net will appear’. I think I have to work on not looking down. Just look forward and embrace each moment on the journey. Soon I will be able to look back on all of the amazing things I have done, instead of fretting about how far I need to go.

  3. Profile photo of Judy Anderson

    I was to begin to be more creative but find too many things distract me as if sabotaging my begining. These distractions are about my work and daily life and I find I can’t clear my mind to let the new thoughts through. My morning pages flopped to other day and the enthusiasm has wained. HOw do I get back on top to begin my new venture with ernest.

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