New Beginnings Don’t Have to Be Hard.

Doretta Bendalin
3 min readMar 30, 2019

I wrote my first book after reading this quote:

The moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. Whatever you think you can do, or believe you can do, begin it. Action has magic, power and grace.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.

The quote helped me get through doubts I could write a book. The magic of Goethe’s words convinced me it was possible I could succeed.

I avoided anything that might interfere with writing. I wanted my book to be perfect, so I researched what I believed I needed to know, and made certain I was doing what I needed to succeed.

Instead of it getting better, it got worse.

Ensuring I was on the right track meant making sure I was doing what I thought would lead to success. It meant knowing all alternatives, so I could be confident I was making the right choice. No wonder I had a hard time making myself begin my work each day.

But I sat down each day to write, even though it was sometimes frustrating. Sometimes I would get into the flow, losing track of space and time, my writing feeling like it was writing itself.

I went back and forth from receiving ideas to wracking my brain for something to inspire me. It wasn’t what I wanted.

I persevered.

Back and forth it went until my desire for an easier way became so strong, I experimented with my feelings. I noticed if I wrote with some angst, writing was always difficult. If I was trusting the process, ideas and inspiration flowed.

Realizing that my feelings were creating my experience, I sought a way to always feel good. Trial and error led me to meditation and writing in a gratitude journal.

Some things I appreciated — things like coincidently coming across something I needed to know or having someone I needed to get in touch with call me — led me to believe that there must be some higher vibrational energy creating what I wanted in my life.

Now, this is where it gets interesting.

That’s when I grasped the true meaning of Providence in Goethe’s quote. The definition of Providence in the dictionary is: 1 a; often capitalized: divine guidance or care;

b; capitalized: God conceived as the power sustaining and guiding human destiny.

I’d believed Providence was other-worldly help or guidance, but when I grasped that “the power sustaining and guiding human destiny” is God, I realized the higher energy as part of all I do or am. This higher energy as a part of me puts another spin on what’s happening.

I guess what I became conscious of is when I’m feeling like less; I have to go higher.

It means that I’m not alone. I create, but I have a powerful co-creator. This higher part of me guides me, but I have to listen. I can’t know when or how results appear, so I let go of those thoughts.

What I must do is stay committed to specific results.

My part is to have faith and trust in my dream. I know I’m succeeding by all the synchronicities showing up in my life. They are the “magic, power and grace” the action I take to deliver what my book wants.

Now my appreciation is not complete without including God/Universe/Source because without the higher energy, these things I appreciate would cease to be.

What does this mean for you?

If I had begun my writing on my memoir, allowing God as a part of my creation, I would have had an easier time from the start. Now, I remind myself to stay open, be patient, and have fun. I can always receive help to know which decision to make by allowing my higher energy to guide me.

My work is play. I’m constantly learning, something that keeps me contributing with a vital and fresh mind each day. Each day is a new beginning, and it’s made easier by my embracing the totality of who I am.

I am more than just me. And what I am creating is greater than it can be by only my thoughts.



Doretta Bendalin

Doretta Bendalin is an accomplished artist whose passion is writing about creativity in the arts and how it pertains to life. Visit her blog at