Lily wrote to me. (Providence moves too.)

November 2, 2012 § Leave a comment

Enclosed in her letter was this quote, attributed to Goethe:

“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back. Concerning all acts of initiative and creation, there is one elementary 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 otherwise have 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 can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now.”

This came the same afternoon I found a cleft ginkgo leaf on the ground. Goethe loved these leaves so much that he described them in a poem. In Weimar, his hometown, I was told that a ginkgo leaf split down the middle is good luck. I wondered when I found it if it was a little sign.

Lily is such a guardian angel. Always telling me just what I need to hear.



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