Fav Quote Friday: Could Scottish Author Have Been The First 'New-Age' Guru?

"...the moment one definitely commits oneself,
then providence moves too.
A whole stream of events issues from the decision,
raising in one's favor all manner of unforeseen
incidents, meetings and material assistance,
which no man could have dreamt would have come his way."
~ William Hutchinson Murray (Scottish Author, Mountaineer, 1913-1996)*

Murray believed in the unseen forces that help us,
but he also knew that it was our committment to
our intentions are what make it happen;
"Until one is committed, there is hesitancy,
the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness.
Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation),
there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which 
kills countless ideas and splendid plans..."

*Note: this quote is often misattributed to Goethe: see here)


  1. Fascinating narrative linked via the asterisk. And some though-provoking quotes you present here.

  2. Hi Stephanie,
    I just remembered (I think correctly) that you asked to see the poem I said I was working on for my wife, once the poem was completed. I believe I had mentioned it was being written as a followup to a couplet I had sent in a comment to YogaSavy's blog. YogaSavy wondered what the rest of the poem would be like, so that is what gave me the idea and impetus to turn the two lines into a sonnet, with the two lines becoming the last two lines. I finished the poem on August 20. I can't recall which of your posts contains your request to see the poem, so I am sending it on your most recent post. Here it is:

    Some time ago, another touched my hand
    And showed me how concerned one soul could be:
    That simple gesture made me understand
    How much a wordless thought could mean to me.

    That sweet connection opened up the door
    To friendship which has lasted many years,
    And what began as comfort is now more:
    She holds my heart together through the tears.

    My lover does complete me in her way,
    Allowing me to be just who I am
    When my emotions often go astray,
    And loving me as tiger and as lamb.

    How wonderful it’s been to have a friend
    Who gives me love and does so without end.

  3. @ MikeB- Hello Mike - thanks! glad you liked this post! I found it quite interesting myself - and think his observations to be full of useful insight! Now to take that advice... and act with committed intention on all we do!

  4. @MikeB -(post 2)dear Mike - you are so truly blessed! ....both to have found love like that,and to be talented enough to write sonnets about it! Touching and beautiful. thanks very much for sharing your personal ode to your best friend; your wife!