Thursday, August 4, 2011

"Begin It Now"

The remaining contents of the house I've been dealing with all summer have now been professionally packed and professionally moved into storage. I might as well put in my plug for Taylor Moving. I cannot imagine EVER working as hard as the three guys who came for two long, grueling days to do all the packing and moving. They were not only amazingly strong, but amazingly brilliant as well: how COULD they fit all that stuff into a 10 x 20 storage facility? It was a jigsaw puzzle of stunning complexity. And how could they be so pleasant and cheerful while working so hard, too?

It's good every once in a while for those of us who think that we toil so mightily at our desk jobs to see what REAL work looks like.

Now all that is left is the cleaning (Monday) and the closing (a week from Monday). And then this huge task will be behind me, the task that seemed so impossible in June.

The hardest part for me (given that I am not employed by Taylor Moving) was simply the decision to take this on, to face the fact that it had to be done and that I was the only person who was going to do it. Yes, it would be time-consuming, yes, it would involve writing many checks for many thousands of dollars, yes, it would be heart-breaking, yes, it would seem to go on forever. But once I made the decision, all the the rest was really just logistics: daunting, expensive, sad logistics. But logistics are do-able.

Here is a quote loosely attributed to Goethe:
"Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back-- Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth that 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 have come his way. Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now."

And what I began in June is now (almost) done in August.


  1. I can't help but ask: How does Taylor Moving compare to the army of philosophy students?

  2. Good question, Scott! Both were wonderful. But of course the Taylor guys are specially trained, and they are apparently able to work hour after hour at demanding physical toil without a break or a complaint. Though the army of philosophy students never complained, either, or asked for breaks, but maybe because I am a philosophy person myself, I felt that they WOULD complain or need a break occasionally, so we didn't toil as mightily on those days.