“The moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision which no one could have dreamed would have come their way”
– W.H. Murray
This often cited quote began the November 20th reading in Mark Nepo’s The Book of Awakening, from which my wife and I read virtually every morning. Nepo went on to write:
“We’d all like a guarantee before making a decision or taking a risk, but the irony is that taking the risk is what opens up to our fate. It’s like wanting to know what the things will taste like before putting them in your mouth. It just can’t be figured out that way.”
As a Creator, we often do not know – especially at the beginning of the creating process – if what we want to create is even, in fact, possible. I often cite the Wright Brothers (having grown up near Dayton, Ohio) as two individuals who had a passionately held vision of heavier-than-air human flight. They held to this vision, even through failures and breakthroughs, as well as in the face of the best scientific and engineering minds of the day that were telling them that what they envisioned “defied the laws of physics.”
Next month (December 17th) we celebrate the 108th anniversary of their breakthrough first sustained flight.
They took great risks in pursuing this “hobby” of theirs and continued to draw on their passion which fueled the heart of their creating. They were committed, but far from assured of success.
In fact, in an interview of Orville Wright, long after their success, a reporter asked what he and his brother were really after in their experimentation. “Was it fame? Was it fortune?” he asked.
I’ve always loved Orville’s response: “Sir, if what my brother and I were after was either fame or fortune, we would have chosen a project with a much higher probability of success.”
Creating is not risk-free. There may be setbacks and there may be seeming failures. But, as Creators, we learn from them. And we never know when the next Baby Step will, indeed, give us flight!