STEP: to move by raising the foot and bringing it down elsewhere or by moving each foot in succession
A journey of a thousand miles
begins with a single step.
But it is also true that it takes thousands of steps
to make a single mile.
It is right to praise the single step that begins the journey
for it takes courage
to shake off the naysayers
and scoff at the common wisdom
that a person, community or idea at rest
tends to stay at rest.
The first step toward a distant goal
is indeed a triumph
of faith over fear
ambition over ambivalence
determination over discouragement.
But we should not behave
as if the single step that begins the journey
is more valuable than a single step taken miles down the road.
For the step taken when feet are weary
and shoulders hunched
is the truly remarkable one.
That is the step that proves
the traveler’s determination
are still intact
despite miles that seemed to stretch too long
hills that seemed too steep to climb
rocks that left ankles twisted and
brambles that streaked shins with blood.
To take another step
in the midst of pain, boredom or exhaustion
is what sets the dreamer apart from the doer.