We’ve already begun

Today, I am resisting perfection. I’m experiencing some hesitation; what should my first post be about? Should I even blog? Will I write enough? Should I be doing something else?

I don’t know.

But before that leads to analysis paralysis, I’m going to let myself just BE.

Take a deep breath.

Check in with myself.

And remember that everything’s exactly where it is…and courage trumps imperfection.

I’m reminded of this Chinese saying from philosoper Lao Tzu: Qiān lǐ zhī xíng, shǐ yú zú xià. It’s usually translated into:

I love it because it breaks down a large undertaking (starting a blog with lots of posts) to a single step (writing one post) that I can wrap my head around. A single step is totally doable and doesn’t define the whole journey…so there doesn’t have to be any pressure around it.

Wikipedia also translates the saying literally to “a journey of a thousand li [li = a Chinese mile] starts beneath one’s feet.” So I’m already at the starting point and have everything I need to begin. As Steppenwolf viewpoints teacher Alex Billings used to say to start an exercise, “we’ve already begun.”

So that’s what this entry is about: the first step. I don’t have any expectations beyond that…and who knows where this blog will go? Think of the possibilities! A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step AND the start of that thousand-mile journey is already under your feet.

So will I write about joys and frustrations? Share awesome resources like Dallas Travers, Nerd Fitness, or Chinese-English dictionary MDBG? Maybe acting techniques and auditioning tips? What I’ve learned in becoming an actor? Perhaps all of the above…and beyond!

We’ve already begun.

3 thoughts on “We’ve already begun

  1. EricP

    Hi Christine:

    Definitely worth seeing where a blog goes. Sometimes I write many posts in a month and sometimes just 1. But before you know it, you are at magical post #100 (and someone calls you up to publish your blog as a book — just kidding — OR AM I?). Life is unpredictable, and you can’t stress too much over it. You think you are settled, and the next thing you know, you are on the road again.

  2. Christine Post author

    Thanks, Eric! I seem to be in a “1 post” kind of month! Thanks for the encouragement and I’m looking forward to checking out yours!
    Also, I approve all of my comments since I was getting spam but I just added the plugin Invisible Captcha 0.6.7 which might eliminate the need for reviewing and approving comments. I’ll let you know how it works!

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