There is an oft-quoted proverb that amounts to something along the lines of:

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

First found in Chapter 64 of the classical Chinese Taoist text, the Dao De Jing, Laozi’s ¹ (the apparent author) original words penned between 4-6 BCE were:

A journey of a thousand li [a Chinese mile] starts beneath one’s feet.

What in the name of all that is good does this have to do with a blog about senstoryscape research? In part, it’s to get the blog started. In part, it’s to remind myself that not every word that I write needs to be profound and that sometimes, something is better than nothing. Or to throw in yet another wise saying, “perfection is the enemy of good.” With that in mind, I can officially give myself a pat on the back and in my to-do list, add a satisfying “tick” to the line item that reads, “Write something – anything – to get the blog started.”

And whilst I am merrily moving on to my next task, I shall do my best to ignore the ghost of a whisper that says, “Yes, the journey of a thousand miles may indeed begin with a single step, but so too does a fall down the stairs.” Cue evil-sounding laughter: “Mwah, mwah, mwah, mwah.”

Right, I’m off. In the next post, I’ll attempt something a tad more ambitious, like defining what on earth I mean when I talk about senstoryscapes.

Sources:¹ Laozi (2001). Dao De Jing: The Book of the Way. Berkeley: University of California Press.
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