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When In Doubt, Start Close In
For a season of new beginnings, a poem to guide us.
Having just recently graduated with my bachelor’s degree, I’m in a somewhat odd, but fun and exciting, in-between time of life. I’ve found spring and summer are often that way for most young people, whether we’re starting a new internship or a new full-time job or simply leaving behind another academic year that became our familiar routine. It can be easy to feel pressure to figure out not just what we’re doing next, but the step after the next step and the step after that one. This week, I’m sharing the following poem to encourage each of us to remember no matter how big or far out our ambitions are, what matters most is to start with the ground right in front of us. These words from David Whyte have resonated with me in many seasons of new beginnings, and I hope they do the same for you.
Start Close In
by David Whyte
Start close in, don't take the second step or the third start with the first thing close in, the step you don't want to take. Start with the ground you know, the pale ground beneath your feet, your own way to begin the conversation. Start with your own question, give up on other people's questions, don't let them smother something simple. To hear another's voice, follow your own voice, wait until that voice becomes an intimate private ear that can really listen to another. Start right now take a small step you can call your own don't follow someone else's heroics, be humble and focused, start close in, don't mistake that other for your own. Start close in, don't take the second step or the third, start with the first thing close in, the step you don't want to take.
Journal Prompt of the Week
Which line of this poem resonated most deeply with you? Why is that?
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What’s one thing you can do today to start close in, just with the first step?