On Beginnings

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In the beginning … a start, launch, dawn … a genesis

In the beginning … a void, an empty space, nothing … or maybe something

In the beginning … exposed soil in a field, an empty stadium, a vacant lot … a place

In the beginning … a concrete footer, steel frame, fountainhead, foundation, … an emerging spring

In the beginning … a whistle, kickoff, scrum, opening tip, first pitch … a waving flag

In the beginning … a crying red face, a nervous child, a smiling bride, a happy graduate … a seed

In the beginning … a ceremony, baptism, bar mitzvah, wedding, commencement, ribbon cutting … an inaugural

In the beginning .. a preface, introduction, forward, prelude, preamble … a start

In the beginning … a new moon, sunrise, nova, … a new tide … a new day

Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end. (Seneca, philosopher)

Beginning today, treat everyone you meet as if they were going to be dead by midnight. Extend to them all the care, kindness and understanding you can muster, and do it with no thought of any reward. Your life will never be the same again. (Og Mandino, author)

Let us always meet each other with smile, for the smile is the beginning of love. (Mother Teresa, humanitarian)

Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine and at last you create what you will. (George Bernard Shaw, playwright)

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55 thoughts on “On Beginnings

  1. “Beginning today, treat everyone you meet as if they were going to be dead by midnight.”—Wow, that is a powerful statement. Imagine how much less drama we’d have with each other if we all did that. Thanks for sharing those inspiring words.

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    • Cynthia,
      “Temporal abstraction” is a great description of this post … exactly my intent. Oh yes – Seneca’s quote is a good one. Cheers to the beginning of a new day.

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  2. I do start each day with an awareness that it is full of possibilities and I sometimes think of each beginning as the chance to tap into a “do-over” if life hasn’t been too smooth. I think the Og Mandino quote is absolutely fabulous!

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  3. Great post. I would have been with you on Chicago but your choice was excellent. I think the beginning of a project (no matter what) has a lot of excitement connected to it just because there is a potential for big success.

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  4. As I read this, I lost the notion of beginnings or endings. They just merged together as one continuous experience, indiscernible from one another. As in life, I suppose… Nice post!

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  5. The tough one for me, which I’m presently struggling with, is: “Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine and at last you create what you will.” (George Bernard Shaw, playwright)

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