You know how it is when you sit down with a blank page before you, a blank canvas, a pile of papers that need to be filed, appointments that need to be made, and so on. Maybe we sit there for awhile thinking, ”Hmmm. A cup of coffee or tea is just what I need to get started.” As we prepare our beverage, we might then think, “I should have a muffin or scone to have with that coffee or tea. Okay. What kind of muffin or scone? It has to be the right flavor.” We have our drink and snack, enjoy them thoroughly, and find we no longer have the time to start that project.
We can often be at our creative best for finding reasons to postpone beginning a project. Recently, I wrote about procrastination and delay. However, I do not feel this issue falls into those categories. Some of you might disagree. Maybe my perspective is a matter of semantics or, dare I say, bimbo logic. Regardless, the point is about the difficulty to just begin. What do we do when there is no concrete starting point, no obvious first step, no perfect word, when our head suddenly feels like an empty vessel?
The key is to take what is unstructured and generate something of substance. Put some paint on a canvas, write down words, start sorting those papers. Suddenly we will have something concrete. We will have that beginning be it, good, bad or ugly. Then we can move forward.
There are 2 morals to this:
One: Always begin without the perfect beginning. If we just begin, things more often than not, morph into something just right.
Two: If there’s a bad beginning, we need to invoke the wisest of old words, “So what?”
Comments are welcomed.