Start crawling

Start crawling

Today I was reflecting on my journey for the past few year and all the ups and downs I faced. At one time, the pressure was so great I found myself wondering if I should continue on the path I was on or change gears. I put some serious thought into it and decided that nothing worth having was going to be easy. I had to be patient and trudge ahead. At times I felt like I was pushing against the wind, with forces of opposition blowing against me from all directions. It slowed me down, almost to a crawl, but I refused to let it make me stop and quit.

I love the work of Rumi. His words spoken over seven centuries are still so relevant to our contemporary times. One of his poems became my personal mantra at times. His words ‘if all you can do is crawl, start crawling’ really stuck with me. Eventually, the wind calmed down and I picked up speed. But through it all, I kept crawling.

Whatever you’re going through it’s important to remember that it’s better to crawl than to quit. Speaking with a colleague over the start of the new year I was reminded at how far I’ve managed to come by just crawling.

I guess part of living includes those moments where we question ourselves and often feel alone. I don’t know about you but I’ve had my lonely seasons and seasons I felt unappreciated. I recently had a colleague say to me that she just felt like giving up and heading back into the job market because her family just did not seem to appreciate the effort she was putting in to develop her consultancy. And although her husband said he supported her, his actions showed no faith in her.

Sometimes, at the end of the day, we just have to believe in ourselves. As someone with dreams, it is my responsibility to push forward no matter how others respond. And it’s probably unfair to expect others to catch my vision and feel the passion and excitement as I do. You don’t need a cheering section. Just believe in yourself and start crawling.

Carlana Charles is the visionary and editor-in-chief of FemmePowered. She is a womanist, writer, speaker, story midwife and facilitator of meaningful and engaging conversations. When she is not working in or on FemmePowered, she can be found resting, baking, reading or scribbling furiously in her journal whilst sipping wine or coffee, sometimes both at the same time. She is currently working on her first book and hopes to release it in September 2018.



  1. October 5, 2016 / 7:17 am

    You are so right, it is important to just get started. Sometimes the thought of all there is to do can be debilitating but it becomes much easier when we just begin. I have learned to be kinder to myself and quit looking for external validation.

    • Carlana
      October 5, 2016 / 8:42 am

      ‘I’ve learned to be kinder to myself and quit looking for external validation’ – this is just beautiful!

  2. October 5, 2016 / 10:55 am

    Awesome post and so true are these words. I’ve had times of discouragement lately, but I know I can’t stop now. I’ve slowed down but will not totally stop. I have to encourage myself daily. I know some don’t understand because they don’t see my vision, but I know one thing, I can’t and will not let them dictate my destiny. This was wonderful and thanks for sharing!

    • Carlana
      October 5, 2016 / 2:38 pm

      We must encourage ourselves daily and we have t be cool with being our sole cheerleader at time.

  3. October 5, 2016 / 11:21 am

    Your last line was everything. You have to tune out the noises and focus on what’s right for you. Everything else will fall into place. My father’s first sermon as a young Pastor was, “It may not be easy, but it will be worthwhile.”

    • Carlana
      October 5, 2016 / 2:37 pm

      Your dad was right.

  4. October 5, 2016 / 12:06 pm

    I discovered Rumi through a song in the 80’s and l was fascinated. His words inspire, especially when things go awry. All we can do is our best 🙂 , you just need to start like you say.

    • Carlana
      October 5, 2016 / 2:36 pm

      Rumi is timeless.

  5. October 5, 2016 / 10:55 pm

    There is a gospel song, that says sometimes you have to encourage yourself. Although you would like for people especially the ones close to you, the reality is you may be your biggest supporter. I like that quote if you have to crawl, keep crawling, this simply means sometimes you cant stand tall but as long as you keep moving, that is whats important.

  6. October 6, 2016 / 6:00 am

    I strongly agree that it is our vision thus our responsibility to push regardless of what others do or not do for us.

  7. October 6, 2016 / 7:20 am

    Yes, non-movement leads to death: dreams, aspirations, hope. We have to keep it moving despite what it looks like!

  8. October 6, 2016 / 10:48 am

    I certainly feel like I’m just spinning my wheels and going nowhere sometimes. I try not to allow those thoughts and feelings linger because they are dream killers.

  9. Tia
    October 6, 2016 / 9:16 pm

    Believing in yourself is super important. I had to refocus myself lately. Thinking of my long term goals have helped tremendously.

  10. October 6, 2016 / 10:20 pm

    Just start! I agree with this post and I’m living in the results of it! Thanks for sharing!

  11. October 7, 2016 / 5:18 am

    Absolutely, we have to move forward even if it’s just crawling. The moment we believe in ourselves we become unstoppable!!

  12. October 7, 2016 / 9:31 am

    Yes Lord, start crawling. I’ve been learning to appreciate the small victories just as much (if not more than) the larger. Crawling eventually leads to walking which can lead to sprinting.

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