|“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.”|
– Helen Keller –
Over the last week, in our journal community sessions, we’ve been talking about how change can sometimes be like crossing a bridge. You can see where you want to go and for sure, the other side always looks brighter. Getting there though, that’s a different story and can often feel like a whole lot of effort.
I’ve been questioning whether the crossing over of some my own bridges are as challenging as what I’ve been thinking they are. By taking a closer a look, I have to admit, that sometimes I spend more time circle around the edge without taking the first step.
A couple of days ago, my friend Magda sent me a message, sharing with me a project that she was working on. She was needing an accountability partner and wanted to check in with me on a regular basis, to help keep her on track. I loved that she asked me and straight away saw it as an opportunity to do the same.
I’ve been meaning to get back into the second draft of my journal notebook for months. The idea of getting it done was beginning to turn into an impossible bridge to cross. All it took was an exchange of a few texts and a commitment to send each other an emoji each day that we work on our own projects. I’m 3 emojis in and loving it.
How beautiful and simple that it came down to just getting started. By taking that first step, even for 15 minutes gave me a feeling of being on my way. At the same time, I noticed that I no longer have a need to finish this project in a hurry. There’s a joy I feel in crossing this bridge and I don’t want to miss any of the sights or insights that I’ll have along the way.
Don’t ever hesitate to reach out to a friend if you need support in getting started on something. Like me, it might just end up being the gift they didn’t know they needed!