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A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Lao-tzu

START: Something
Stop: worrying

START: Living
Stop: waiting

START: Talking
Stop: texting

START: Exercising
Stop: dieting

START: Trails
Stop: treadmills

Stop: procrastinating

START: Breathing
Stop: smoking

START: Doing
Stop: planning

START: Simple
Stop: complicated


-Missy Park

I love the sentiment expressed in this simple poem by Missy Park that I came across recently.  It is sometimes hard for me to remember that getting started really can be the hardest part. 

As an example: when I am out of the habit of exercising, starting again sounds like the worst thing in the world.  Getting up early, getting to bed on time, and the prospect of sore muscles all seem like impossible obstacles to overcome.  However, once I just start, I realize that I enjoy exercising, I like getting to bed early, my days are more productive when I get up early and sore muscles represent progress.  Taking one step in the right direction makes what at first seemed unattainable, feel achievable.

I tend to spend more time and energy planning that first step than the whole journey would require.  So, I have decided that I will:

START: Achieving
Stop: worrying about failure

START: Finding ways to serve others
Stop: stewing about things I cannot change

START: Magnifying my strengths
Stop: focusing on my weaknesses

START: Recognizing housework as a way to express love to my family
Stop: Seeing housework as drudgery

START: Appreciating the little things
Stop: wanting more

START: Cultivating my talents
Stop: comparing myself to others

START: Taking better care of my healthy body
Stop: making excuses

START: Reconnecting
Stop: being too busy

START: Making "BEST" my priority 
Stop: settling for "good" or "better"

I will START, Just START

What will you be STARTing?


  1. Great post.

    Do what you want and enjoy doing it.

    It is easier to ask for forgiveness than to ask for permission.

  2. I STARTed on February 17th. It feels good.