J: Journey…

Welcome back to my series of Motivational Quotes for writers and creatives working on large projects, such as writing a book. This is series is part of the Blogging A-Z April Challenge where we write our way through the alphabet to a theme. Today, we’ve reached the Letter J and I’ve chosen a quote which focuses on the journey. No doubt, you probably know it, but it’s always good to be reminded:

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.”

Lao Tzu

Over the last few years, the word “journey” has been seriously over-used and has lost a lot of its magic. However, just because the word is tired, doesn’t mean that the nature of a journey has changed what with its changes of scenery, challenges, ups and downs and inherent movement from a beginning, through the middle and to the end. Of course, this progression could well be chopped and changed around when it comes to writing about it. However, one of the important things about a journey is that it needs to be lived.


I’m always intrigued whenever I see these snail markings squiggling through the local rock pools. Well, it actually looks like the limpets in the photograph have made that journey.  

The quote from Lao Tzu is one of my all time favourites, and I often remind myself that the hardest part about achieving anything is usually getting started and taking that first step. Somehow, it seems to get easier once you’re actually moving, gain momentum and are on your way.

This quote is also a reminder not to let the enormity of what lies ahead, defeat you. Just get started putting one foot in front of the other and you’ll get there eventually.

Keep Going!

Obviously, to reach your destination you also need to keep going long after you’ve taken that initial step. After all, we’re talking about a journey of a thousand miles. That’s a long journey. It’s not a journey of one step and you’re already there to reach out and grab hold of your prize.

Isn’t it amazing how much you can get out of that one simple sentence?!!

Very great wisdom indeed!

Best wishes,



3 thoughts on “J: Journey…

  1. Rowena Post author

    Tom, you’re not wrong about the late 70s. The hair, those white pants…very cringe worthy. However, I like that idea of the wheel in the sky keep turning. I think we could use a bit more of that hippie thing of going off the grid. Being as free spirit. However, have been there and the flip side of having no responsibilities, can be a sense of floating long and being quite lost. Not belonging. Not being missed, involved, part of something. I backpacked and living in Europe in 1992 and a group of us met up in Paris and we were all a bit lost. It wasn’t all good. As much as doing the whole married with kids and dogs thing can get a bit routine and stuck in your rat run, I never question whether I am loved these days. There’s real contentment…but I still have my escape hatch through y writing and the blog. Still need to have a foot out of the system.
    Hope you have a great weekend. The kids go on school holidays as of now for two weeks. Mr is off sailing for a few days in the State school championships and then off to a Scout camp and I think Miss is busy with rehearsals but will inevitably be needing lifts and funds. Should’ve sent her off on a camp away from an ATM!
    Best wishes,

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