Every once in a while the right quote comes along at the right time. I read this one the week I applied for my Cuso placement: The moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too.”

This evening I found the rest of the quote, part of which is generally misattributed to Goethe.

“Until one is committed there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative or creation, there is one elementary truth . . . that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would otherwise never have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in ones’s favor all manner of incidents and meetings and material assistance which no man would have believed would have come his way.

Whatever you think you can do or believe you can do, begin it. Action has magic, grace, and power in it.”
― W.H. Murray The Scottish Himalayan Expedition

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A boat named ‘Blessing’

I have had a personal theme throughout this journey – the nearly 4 months of preparation and the more than 2 months I’ve been in Jamaica thus far – of ‘daring greatly.’ But I’m not so vain as to believe I’ve done anything on my own. I’m grateful for the acts of Providence, often declared through the work of other people, that have made this whole adventure so enriching already.

Providence. Serendipity. Blessings – by any name its lovely to have on side.

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