Committed Action

“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness.  Concerning all acts of initiative (or creation) there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans:  that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too.  All sorts of things occur to help one that would otherwise never have occurred.  A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of incidents and meetings and material assistance which no man would have believed would have come his way.  Whatever you think you can do or believe you can do, begin it.  Action has magic, grace and power in it.” ~ Goethe

Girl with Cloak by LR


About Wings of Wonder

Linda Ruddy is a creative and she works in a variety of materials including pencils, paints, paper, porcelain and fabric. Her current projects involve hand-sewn bookbinding, children's book illustrating, and writing. In 2010, two of her paintings were published in the Saddleback College literary magazine, The Wall. In the past, she has received recognition for painting and doll making. Linda lives in California with her husband and family pet. Her new blog can be found Please visit often to see how the site develops. Following the muse, Linda Ruddy
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6 Responses to Committed Action

  1. Marilyn says:

    This really is a powerful quote, and one of my favorites. It’s the doing, no matter how small, that gets things going.

    Lovely painting! More please! M

  2. Beautiful painting! Wow.

    This post is one the same wavelength of one I just got done writing. Instead of just thinking about goals for 2012 on New Year’s Eve, I’ve challenged myself to think about them throughout the year and be accountable. Goethe knows what he’s talking about – I already feel empowered by making sure those goals don’t slip away. 🙂

  3. Kate Kresse says:

    your painting completely blows me away. Your style in this one reminds me of a few of my favorite Renoirs. I mean that as high praise (and hope against hope that that doesn’t feel like an insult to you). I love the way your use of color and light make this little girl have a gorgeous inner-lit quality to her. mmmh. astonishingly good. WOW. WOW. WOW. Take a bow, Linda. WOW.

    • I was trying for the inner glow and also the complementary colors of yellow and purple vibrating against each other. I think the dramatic lines of the cloak helped too. PS. I like Renoir and feel honored to even be mentioned in the same sentence with a great master. Thanks.

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