Paul GonyeaThere is a natural tendency we all have to look at a beautiful creation and appreciate it, but to forget how it came about. We forget about the dream from which it came. We forget that the creative process is very often a process of growth, an unfolding of a powerful idea that may have first appeared long before. In New Thought, when we say, “The kingdom of heaven is at hand,” we mean that the consciousness and the principles and the materials to create anything we desire are all immediately available to us. But the process itself may take a little time.

For example: if I want to be able to run a marathon (yes, I mean 26.2 miles), I’m probably not going to be able to make up my mind today, and run one tomorrow. I can, however, make up my mind today and begin training tomorrow. And if I continue to train — if I commit myself to do a reasonable amount every day — in six months or so I will be able to accomplish something I couldn’t do before. As I cross the finish line, the couch potato who watches me finish may be impressed. He may even think, “I wish I could do that.” The Truth is, he can. How? By DECIDING TO DO SO — and then by taking one step at a time.