One Step

For months my husband has been telling me, “We can go to Italy for our 20th anniversary. I’m just not planning it. So, if you want to go, you have to put it together.”

I was excited by the prospect but terrified by the planning. I had no idea where to start. I procrastinated. I finally bought an Italy travel book. Opening it just overwhelmed me. There was so much to do and see and again I had no idea where to begin.

Taking my own advice that I have given to others – “Just start.”, I finally just began. The first thing I did was buy plane tickets. I have bought many plane tickets before. This was an easy way in and, once done, no way out. After purchasing our tickets, I now had exact dates from which to make plans from. This helped me breathe a little.

Next, I put pen to paper and scrawled out a loose itinerary. Three nights in Rome, one in Capri, one in Naples, Venice, followed by 4 nights in northern Tuscany, 2 nights in southern Tuscany, and one night on the beach until we head home. I began researching accommodation. I was surprised by all the options. I finally was able to book our hotels. Now, not only were we going, but we had a place to stay.

Next, I began booking tours, train tickets, and ferry tickets.

It all began to come together fairly easily. In fact, I am quite surprised how easy it all was when I was certain it was too much information to sort through. One step helped me make the next one and so on. This is how it is with all creation.

What is it that you have been thinking about doing but just don’t know how or where to start? Just start. Do one thing. That thing will lead you to the next one, which will lead you to the next one. Pretty soon you will forget how hard you thought it was going to be and realize when you put an idea into motion, it materializes. As the old saying goes, “A journey of 1000 miles begins with a single step.”



Fay Thompson