Lao-Tzu said, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” A quote which can be applied to our daily lives, be it the smallest matter or the biggest mission. It’s used in Hamlet and it’s used personally in my life. Know matter what it is I do I need to take the first step before I can complete the task.
Shakespeare’s play Hamlet is a perfect example of this quote. Hamlet, the son of the late great King Hamlet, heard a whisper that his father’s death was not an accident but a heinous murder. He wanted nothing but revenge for his father yet he was hesitant because the murderer was is uncle, who had assumed the throne after his father’s death. Before taking his revenge Hamlet needed to have an unfaltering assurance of his uncle’s immorality before condemning him. The only way for him to be certain was to devise a plan to prove that his uncle was either guilty or innocent of his father’s murder. After learning the truth he took the first step in his revenge. At the end he got what he wanted but at the cost of his own life. So Lao-Tzu is right, the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Hamlet needed to be absolutely certain that his uncle was guilty before he could have his revenge.
Know matter haw big the task or how long the road ahead, the only way of getting there is to begin. Without taking the first step, your journey can never be accomplished. Someone who dreams big but never acts upon it will never attain it, because you can never fail unless you try. Even if the dream seems impossible the only way to know for sure is by taking the first step and moving towards making the dream happen. It is not only true that the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step but that it is made up of many small steps along the way.