Is it me or have have you noticed that we seem to be drowning in a world of ‘quote speak’. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good quote. I feel however that we have become so caught up in just saying the sayings that in the end we’ve lost the connection with the meaning of them. Take a look at Facebook for example, it’s a deluge of sayings posted machine gun style all day and every day! Overkill and then some. Here’s my view: be judicious and pick something that truly has a deep meaning for you. Feel it, and perhaps live it. Because that, in the end, I think is the point of a good quote – to resonate and be deeply felt. I have one quote in particular that I believe is the mother of all quotes – for me personally anyway.
This quote or aphorisms, as they are termed, is by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe – let’s call him Johnny for short. Born in 1749 Johnny was a German writer and statesman. His body of work includes epic and lyric poetry; memoirs; treatises on botany, anatomy and colour; and four novels. Add to that numerous literary and scientific fragments, more than 10,000 letters, and nearly 3,000 drawings. A literary celebrity by the age of 25, Goethe was ennobled in 1782 following the success of his first novel in 1775. So in short, he was a bloody genius and is looked upon as the last of the Universal men. I happen to share his birthday, August 28th, so I feel a little connected to my fellow Virgo-an.
I came across this particular aphorism (he wrote a bucket load of them BTW – who knows he might have loved FB…lol) many years ago. Not only did it strike a chord deep in me but it also occurred to me that this was the Nike ‘Just Do It’ quote of his time. I love the words and the arrangement of them and I always get goosebumps when I read it. I have shared it over the years with many friends and clients, especially when they are at a point of transition. It speaks to me now more than ever so I would like to share it with you now. I hope you ‘feel’ it.
Until one is committed
There is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness
Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one element of truth
The ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans:
That the moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too.
All sorts of things occur to help one that would never have otherwise occurred
A whole stream of events issues from the decision raising in one’s favor all
Manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance which
No man could have dreamed would have come his way.
Whatever you do, or dream you, begin it.
Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.
Begin it now.