Finding The Right Words Of The Ancient Chinese Philosopher, Lao Tzu, A Journey Of A Thousand Miles

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Finding the Right Words
After a 40-year career in which the need to write has always featured prominently, I still find the prospect of committing pen to paper, or fingers to keyboard, a daunting experience. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t dislike writing. On the contrary, I derive a great sense of satisfaction from completing any writing task or assignment. Indeed, a lifetime of writing leads me to believe that writing well and enjoying the experience, like most worthwhile endeavors, requires preparation, hard work, and an unyielding commitment and desire to succeed. Furthermore, I have come to realize that in the words of the ancient Chinese philosopher, Lao Tzu, “A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.” At the outset, I feel that every writing project is like a thousand-mile journey, and I know I’ll get there in the end - if only I have the courage take that first, single step - if only I can find the right words.
My earliest recollection of writing is at around six or seven years old, meticulously copying longhand letters and words in my elementary school copybook. The perfectly formed characters, uniformly spaced at the top of each page, appealed to my sense of order encouraging me to replicate the cursive lettering as faithfully as I could on the printed lines below. By the time I reached high school, I had mastered the art of legible, almost calligraphic script. The mechanics were easy, creating interesting and articulate content, not so much.…
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