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There is something I must dwell on
because I know more than I know and must learn it from myself.

— Marilynne Robinson

Once again another year beckons and a time when we can find ourselves reflecting on the past year and maybe making new resolutions for the year ahead. Whatever our plans for 2010 I have been reflecting recently on the act of committing oneself, to really give ourselves wholeheartedly to our lives and the effect that has as events unfold. So whether we are deciding to commit to a relationship, our work or family life, or maybe our yoga practice, then, like me, you may find the words of W.H. Murray of the 1951 Scottish Himalaya Expedition, inspiring.

Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. 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, the providence moves too. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents, meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamt would have come his way. I learned a deep respect for one of Goethe’s couplets:

Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it.
Boldness has genius, power and magic in it!’