The quote below is one of my favorites, written by W. H. Murray. He was a Scottish mountaineer, author and soldier. While serving in North Africa in the Second World War, he was captured and spent three years in Nazi prison camps.
During this time, Murray wrote his famous book Mountaineering in Scotland on the only paper available, the rough lavatory paper. It was found and destroyed, so he started over again. After the camp was liberated, the book was published, the first of many on mountaineering and the environment.
His autobiography was entitled The Evidence of Things Not Seen, which refers to the Biblical quote on faith: “Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”
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 not 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 would have dreamed would come his way.
I have learned a deep respect for one of Goethe’s couplets: “Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, magic, and power in it. Begin it now.”
I have a passion for stories and inspirational literature.