Want to hear my current favorite quote?
"Until one is committed there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative, there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits onself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never have otherwise occurred. A whole stream of events issue from the decision, raising in one's favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and material assistance, which no man could have dreamt would have come his way." -W.H. Murray, quoted by Elder Maxwell
I tested this quote. It really does work. The last few months of my life haven't been the prettiest or easiest. I'll spare the details - but just know, despite the regular and seemingly uplifting blog posts, life is hard here, too. (Isn't it nice to know we're not alone in this?) I was weaving back and forth with thoughts of a job change, moving to a new house, moving to a new state (or country), changing my name and dying my hair... you know, all of the above. And then I read this quote. It was kind of a swift kick to the bum. How much was I doing on my part to move things forward in my life? I was stuck; dwelling on certain things from my past that were hard for me to leave behind. And then some things started to change when I looked at a house in a darling, old area of Salt Lake City called Sugar House. It's a red-brick bungalow, and I'm moving in the first week of August. Change. Progression. Until this point, I was hesitant to do anything. I drew back from everything. But then, I committed myself to go and look at this house and that's when Providence moved, too.
A whole stream of events have issued from this decision, raising in my favor "all manner of unforeseen incidents and material assistance, which [I] couldn't have dream would have come [my] way." New house. Huge new opportunities and challenges at work. New friends. New outlook.
So, try it out. I bet you're curious to see what happens.