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DAY 1: THE FIRST STEP
A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.
The life of a single person can be emotionally turbulent. Our hopes and dreams about finding a lasting love sometimes send us soaring sky high. At other times, our confusion and despair over ever finding partnership can plunge us into an abyss. It's not surprising that many singles simply give up the search. Having experienced the turmoil inherent in setting their sights on a fulfilling love relationship, they decide, grudgingly, to lower their standards and make the best of their single state.
You don't have to settle for where you are, however. You can -- and will -- find and keep a lasting love if you work actively toward that goal. It doesn't require extraordinary skill or luck. It simply involves walking forward with both feet on the ground. Instead of allowing ourselves to fly up into the clouds or dive down into the caverns, we need to focus on making one small step after another toward our destination. As we gradually learn new attitudes and skills, the sheer momentum of positive change will help move us along.
The Personal Companion illustrates how to realize your goal of a committed partnership -- one that heals all the hurts you've accumulated since childhood and that brings you the highest joys life has to offer. Follow this guide day by day, and trust in yourself, and your journey will be both wondrous and successful.
- Today, commit yourself to doing the work in this book for one year. Ifpossible, choose a particular time of day when you can consistently set aside at least one half hour: around ten minutes to read the entry and do the accompanying task, and around twenty minutes to perform the meditation.
In stillness today, I vow to bring the totality of my being into this work I am about to begin.
Copyright © 1995 by Harville Hendrix