My plans to retrace Captain Cook's unfinished voyage have been postponed a year while I work on the next Marine Diesel Basics book and get my new boat SV Oceandrifter ready for sea.
I found this quote from the German poet Geothe’s work Faust in Alvah Simon’s excellent book “North to the Night, A Spiritual Odyssey in the Arctic“. Parts of the poem are often quoted, but I’ve not seen two stanzas quotes before. Seeing the fuller context gives his words extra power and meaning:
“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 issue from the decision,
raising in one’s favour all manner of unforeseen incidents
and meetings and materials assistance,
which no man could have dreamed would have come his way.
Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it.
Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.”