last post lost?

by ryan on September 20, 2011

Well, that’s unfortunate in a way.  I came here hoping to extend upon a post i thought i made a few weeks ago…but I either dreamed that one up or lost it here on the interwebz.

The post expounded on the following quote, sent to me by my mother:

William H. Murray:

“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, then Providence moves too.  All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred.  A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance which no man could have dreamed would come his way.”

And so my post was about this Providence of Decision that William Murray spoke of.  Countless opportunities have arisen for me to help my friend Khotso, and it is the act of decision that allowed those opportunities to arrive.  For the most part, all I had to do is decide what a great person he is and the rest has come along quite naturally of its own accord.

Anyways…i came here today to further profess my love for this quote and this idea of Providence from Commitment.  I can’t talk about it much yet, but many of you should gather quite readily what this involves.

All i can say at this point is that I’ve had an obstacle in peace corps that I only recently positively committed myself to.  Honestly I was unsure as to what the outcome could be, but by chance, coincidence, Providence, or what have you…suddenly the pieces on the board have moved in a most absurd way in my favor, possibly due to a letter I wrote nearly a year ago, but most likely due to a number of circumstances and ‘streams of events’ of which I had little or no control.

Providence has given me exactly what is needed to make this world a better place, and it has made the road to getting there far easier than I ever could have imagined.  In the past I had my worries that I would fail…that my plans had been tried before and seen failure…and if I failed, how could I live with myself?  How could I live happily in a world that allowed such a thing?

I was thinking too hard.  All I needed to do was commit.

The rest has been taken care of.

Thank You Providence.

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Kathryn Jewell September 23, 2011 at 6:29 pm

Thank you God…for the Providence….Amen

Kathryn Jewell September 23, 2011 at 6:34 pm

prov·i·dencenoun /ˈprävədəns/  /-ˌdens/ 

1.The protective care of God or of nature as a spiritual power
– they found their trust in divine providence to be a source of comfort

2.God or nature as providing such care
– I live out my life as Providence decrees

3.Timely preparation for future eventualities
– it was considered a duty to encourage providence

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