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My friend Melody wrote this blog on her new beginning...
The beginning is always today. — Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
Thus begins a new column on a new day. I have not written a column on new beginnings before. Maybe because the phrase new beginnings is redundant! Can there be an old beginning?
When you encounter a beginning a range of feelings can be felt: openness, excitement, fear, sadness, freedom, happiness…We get to choose what feeling we are going to hold on to.
With each column I write I never know what the finished product is going to look like. It is an exciting adventure each time I sit down to write.I have a theme and goals for each column as well as an openness. Then I engage with the ideas and the column has begun. There are twists and turns in the process.Eventually I come to the end.
As I write this my thoughts turn to the similarities of my writing process to the beginning of each day, each moment we have.
Which perspective do we greet the day or moment with? Is it openness, excitement a sense of adventure? Are we flexible enough with the twists and turns of the day? Are we open to be surprised? Can we appreciate the surprise?!
At the end of the day or moment can we look back on it? How was our perspective? Do we need to change it? Do we have a sense of peace? Are we ready for another beginning?
The chief beauty about time is that you cannot waste it in advance. The next year, the next day, the next hour are lying ready for you,
as perfect, as unspoiled, as if you had never wasted or misapplied a single moment in all your life. You can turn over a new leaf every hour
if you choose. ―