October 1, 2014

Move {31 Days of Five-Minute Free Writes}

Why is it that the first step is the hardest?

Sliding on the shoes, tying the laces, and opening the door to go for a run.

Picking up the pen, opening the journal, and inking out the first word.

Standing up in the pew, sliding awkwardly sideways past other churchgoers, and heading toward the altar.

It’s always the beginning that’s most difficult, most daunting. It’s like there’s negative momentum until you just move.

Maybe it’s because within that first move is the most concentrated measure of change, and change isn’t comfortable for me.

Momentum and joy and reward do come—but only after the initial big change, the first and most daunting move.

This post is part of 31 Days of Five-Minute Free Writes, an exercise in writing a timed, prompted post every day during the month of October. For me, it's a challenge to move beyond prideful perfectionism, to write more freely, and to share more openly. 


  1. This is so true "It’s always the beginning that’s most difficult, most daunting." As I began my workouts again after a year of no exercise, I was feeling overwhelmed this morning. I needed this post to remind me to keep going.

  2. Love reading your thoughts on the move groove. :)

  3. Absolutely true. The first step is always the hardest. I think of it as inertia, as in "the resistance of any physical object to any change in its state of motion." It works on us emotionally, too, not just physically.

  4. Inertia, that little devil. [Loved your post]