The Fool: Begin at the Beginning


When my daughter was young, I always told her “one thing at a time, in the right order, first things first.”

I still think its good advice. It may not tell you where you are going, but it will certainly tell you how to get there. To begin a journey we first have to decide that we want to go somewhere. Then you have to decide where you want to go…or at the very least which basic direction to go.

Then you begin at the beginning, and put one foot in front of the other. One thing at at a time, in the right order. You can’t merge onto the highway until you have finished backing out of the driveway. The best place to begin is the beginning.

One theory about the cause of stress, and stress-intolerant people is that everything seems equally important. To that frame of mind, backing out of the driveway and merging onto the freeway are equally important and both have to happen yesterday. When we think of some goal we want to achieve, some new thing we want to try, if we look at all the steps to get there all at once, see them each as needing to happen now, think of all the things that could go wrong down the line…we might get so overwhelmed that we never leave the house.

We can get anywhere if we put one foot in front of the other, one step at at time, in the right order, first things first.

Begin at the beginning. Now, where will you go?