Start With One Thing …

We watch American Ninja Warrior and Spartan Race (via Hulu). I can’t remember which show it was that showed someone explaining how they began training for the course.

The gentleman said (and I apologize for not remembering who said it, on what show, or when) that he started with one push-up and one pull-up a day…

You start with one whatever a day—and you build from there.

It was one of those life-altering moments.

Wait, I thought. I can do this? I can start here, now, and do this, one moment at a time…and I can accomplish whatever it is I set my mind to?


It percolated for a few days…although for those few days every day I would do something. I started with stretching. A little bit of stretching. I stop, take a few belly breaths, stretch some part of my body. It’s not the same stretch every day. Sometimes I stop and take three deep breaths. Sometimes I take more…sometimes less.

Just take a moment. What do you want to do?

It doesn’t have to be run a marathon, or run an obstacle course. What if you want to write a collection of poems? A novel? Knit a sweater? Crochet an afghan?

What could you do if you did something every day?

I am still working on my Grain shawl that I started last December—and I will work on this at random, usually when my partner is driving. It takes roughly twenty minutes to complete one row. I haven’t timed it in a while and I am betting it is more like twenty-five minutes now…but just think about it…one row … guesstimate thirty minutes a day…I might finish that thing before, say, this coming December (which is my goal, honestly).

Knit one row a day.

Take one deep breath per day.

Do one stretch per day.

Take five minutes to smear paint.

Take five minutes to write.

Take five minutes to sketch.

Or just one minute.

Start small, teeny tiny, then as you grow more strength, more confidence, you add more.

Maybe in a week, I will knit two rows per day.

By the end of that week, I’ll be taking one deep breath every waking hour.

By the end of the week, I’ll move into doing two stretches per day.

And so on, and so forth.

What will you do?

Where will you start?

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Tabitha Low

Writer, Artist, Journey Creatrix