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Everything Begins with a Single Step

Debra Redalia

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step
— Tao Te Ching

As I am working on writing the “big picture” Larry and I are addressing with Lifely, I am reminded of the quotation “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” Indeed that is important to remember when we wish to make a change as huge as moving from an industrial society to one based in Life—it’s all about each of us making those “single steps” day-in-and day out, learning new information, making different decisions, and it all adds up to a big change in the world.

I experienced this concept in a different context a few days ago when I was listening to Yo Yo Ma play Bach’s Six Cellos Suites all in one sitting on YouTube. This is a magnificent feat of virtuosity to play even one, but he played all six back-to-back with only one short break mid-way.

During the break, it was mentioned that Yo Yo Ma first began to play these suites on his cello at age four—two measures at a time. Now sixty years later he is performing music with a level of understanding and skill that comes only from a lifetime of familiarity.

And this is what happens with any subject. I have many times started to learn a new subject by taking a single step and having that single step turn into mastery.

The first step is always simple becoming aware that a subject exists and making a decision to find out more.

Ha! As I am sitting here preparing the image of a single step to post, I’m thinking, “I’m taking a single step right now by writing this post, and others will take a single step by reading it, and some will take a single step by mentioning the concept to others…and this is true for every post I write…and soon these ideas will be common in the world.”

Single steps set off in a direction. And one single step followed by another single step takes you to any destination you choose.

I’m smiling now. We're on our way. 🙂

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Quite simply, this blog is about orienting ourselves and our lives to Life, instead of orienting ourselves and our lives to industrial consumerism. Here we are sharing our own journey. You come too. Read more...

Debra & Larry Redalia
lifepartners + soulmates

For more than 30 years we have been delving into the nature and activities of life together. Indeed, this has been and continues to be the very reason we are together. With delight, we research, explore, observe, and even wake each other up in the middle of the night to discuss how life functions and how we can function as life—even while living in the modern world. We each are different from the norm, but we are different in the same way, so we have been able to think outside of the ordinary together and find the extraordinary workings of life.

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