Thursday, September 06, 2012

A poem by Vaclav Havel

It is I Who Must Begin

It is I who must begin.
Once I begin, once I try --
here and now,
right where I am,
not excusing myself
by saying things
would be easier elsewhere,
without grand speeches and
ostentatious gestures,
but all the more persistently
-- to live in harmony
with the "voice of Being," as I
understand it within myself
-- as soon as I begin that,
I suddenly discover,
to my surprise, that
I am neither the only one,
nor the first,
nor the most important one
to have set out
upon that road.

Whether all is really lost
or not depends entirely on
whether or not I am lost.


by Vaclav Havel
from Teaching With Fire




7 comments:

Eleanor Robinson said...

That's really interesting! I don't know whether it's right but it reminds me of procrastination, especially spiritual.

jeronimus said...

Hi Eleanor. It gave me the same message too. Time to get my act together and stop blaming my circumstances.

Sigrid said...

lovely!

thetortoisefactor.com said...

It reminds me of making excuses and playing the blame game.I also recalled Dag Hammarskjold's "Markings." Havel and Hammarskjold had much in common.

jeronimus said...

Hi thetortoisefactor.
Yes. Amazing, rare combination of statesmanship and literary talent in both of them. Octavio Paz also springs to mind.

Richmond said...

When i become President of my country someday, know this Man inspired me unto greatness and goodness.

jeronimus said...

hi Richmond. Hope you fulfil your goal!