Journaling Prompt: “The Best Time to Start”

What’s this idea?

That someone has to be completely “ready” for something before being able to begin?

More popularly, I hear that kind of talk around topics like parenthood.

‘You’re never really ready to become a parent,’ say so many parents in my circles.

I guess that would be true.

Could the assumption that everything has to be crystal clear be lurking underneath the notion about readiness?

If that were the case, then parents-to-be would be equipped with user manuals that detail everything about their children-to-be.

In the same way, we are built to learn by example, by trial and error (and everything in between, by intuition too).

Where does it stop, this hesitation to play the game of “double dutch” in life and work?

Just gotta jump in at some point, gotta get that arm slapped by a whipping rope, gotta feel the frustration of them tangling around the feet.

…and the pure elation of when things actually go right, when the ropes swing with an intense grace beneath coordinated hops and around the body.

If there is a best time to start something, you name it.

When did you benefit from a little hesitation? When could you have taken some more leaps of faith?

How fast are your ropes spinning? Will you jump in, get a few welts, and tell me that it was all worth it?


4 thoughts on “Journaling Prompt: “The Best Time to Start”

  1. “Could the assumption that everything has to be crystal clear be lurking underneath the notion about readiness?” This is wildly intriguing! What a concept! That we can be ready without being crystal clear. I love it, I feel it.

    I once said that a baby learns to walk not because he knows all the places his feet will take him, but because it’s time. So it is with beginning anything in our adult lives, too.

    You always get my ‘ropes spinning’ and eager to jump in, Sandra!

    Peace and light ~


  2. I think a lot of people use this excuse, that they’re not ready for something, when they’re actually afraid. (I know I have.) I know writers who will talk endlessly about the story they plan to work on, and they’ll make outlines and character descriptions and such, but when it comes down to it, they never seem to get started because they’re “not ready.” Your post here reminds me of that wise Zen saying, “Jump, and the net appears.”

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