Finding Time to Reflect on New Beginnings

spring-courageHappy Saturday!  I’m taking part in Connie Ragen Green’s 30 Day Power Blogging Challenge and so will be posting seven days a week over the next several weeks.  You can follow our posts and our progress on Twitter at #powerblog.

I’d like to structure my weekend posts a little bit differently, having a theme for each day.  Saturday’s I’ll share and briefly explore a quotation about time.  Sunday’s I’ll use a Finding Time Tip as the jumping off place.  I hope that you’ll find these posts helpful and thought provoking.

So, here’s something to think about…

Today’s quotation is from the French poet and philosopher Paul Valéry:

“Every beginning is a consequence – every beginning ends some thing.”

I love this thought because it illuminates time’s finiteness and turns the idea of “new beginnings” on its head.  He doesn’t say that beginnings aren’t new, but Valéry aptly points out that beginnings are connected to what came before.

They come from work and preparation.  This is very grounding and empowering.  New beginnings are organic, not magical. That’s not to say that they can’t often feel miraculous.  They do – and it’s a wonderful feeling!  But new beginnings don’t spring out of nowhere!

Springtime bulbs poking up through the soil are a good example.  How magical does it feel to see their green shoots in early April?  Yet each shoot is the consequence of activity that took place months – or even years – before.  And there is an ending here, as well, because as bulbs spring up and come to flower, they leave behind their months of dormancy and move, in a burst of beauty, toward their endings.

Do you see the consequences and the endings in your beginnings? How does that enrich your sense of your own movement through time and life? I invite you to share a comment here – I’d love to hear what you think!

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Let’s explore time together …

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