And live as a coward in thine own esteem
Letting "I dare not" wait upon "I would,"
Like the poor cat i' th' adage?
Macbeth, William Shakespeare
Act I, Scene 7
I certainly don't support the act of murdering another person, but I felt that the quote's message really resonates with me.
Against Maria's advice at the beginning of the The Sound of Music's song "Do Re Mi," I'm going to start at the end of the quote. Lady Macbeth references a proverb about a cat who wishes to eat fish but does not want to get his feet wet (for those of you who don't know, an "adage" is another word for "proverb"). I know that I can get tangled in what I want to happen rather than focusing on what needs to be done to accomplish the results I desire.
It's too easy to be caught up in the fear failing (especially if you are a perfectionist like me) and let your fear rule your actions. It's too easy to let that "I dare not" take the place of your "I would."
I've been focusing on trying to write more. I've come up with a different, more effective way of jotting down my ideas, and I've found that it has really helped. I'm planning on trying it out for a little while longer, and if I'm still loving it, I'll share it with you.
But that's not my point. I want to challenge you to find the spot in your life where you are too afraid act, even though you desperately want something. Go get your feet wet and go after that fish. You may fail, but you may end up with a delicious dinner.
So how are you going to turn your "I dare not" into "I would"?