“Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase. Just take the first step.” Martin Luther King, Jr.
I love this wise and well-known quote because it beautifully sums up one of the major realizations I’ve had as an approach to living my life consciously and creatively over the last 25 years.
Trust the Unfolding Dream
My version replaces the word “faith” with “trust” (which resonates more deeply for me) and I’ve truly arrived in the space of trusting the unfolding dream which feels immensely liberating.
With this trust in place, I’m free to take one step at a time without seeing the whole staircase because I know that there’s always a big picture, even when I can’t see it yet.
I trust that it will be revealed, and often find that incremental steps eventually lead to the point when complete clarity arrives in an instant – aha!
The Edge of Uncertainty
Even with a clear vision, having no idea how the details will come together usually feels uncomfortable to say the least.
Yet I’ve come to love living on the edge of uncertainty (most of the time!) as the dynamic space of constant discovery, and fully embrace the not-knowing as an inevitable aspect of conscious living.
These qualities are an integral part of the creative process and reflect the deeper truth of what it means to live in alignment with your soul.
Towards the Infinite
This is how I interpret the truth that Martin Luther King Jr.’s words are pointing to.
“Taking the first step in faith” is essentially directing my gaze towards the infinite, and encouraging me to discover the reflection of that within myself.
This leads me to find the courage to follow my intuition and move forwards without the illusory “certainty” of knowing exactly where I’ll end up.
So when it feels “right” intuitively, I take the step come what may; and sooner or later the staircase is revealed!
How do you interpret the meaning of this quote and in what ways could these words inspire your next steps?