“The beginning is the most important part of the work.” – Plato
Trust the magic of new beginnings is critical advice in a world that pushes us to know the answers and outcome before we begin. The pressure to know how to write the ending of the story stresses us out whereby we get paralyzed to begin. It didn’t use to be this way.
“Whatever you do or dream you can do – begin it. Boldness has genius and power and magic in it.” -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
What’s different? Our intense ability to pick apart an idea, dream, concept, opportunity, new person, place, job until we’ve talked ourselves out of beginning. What’s worse is the denial of the magic inherent in new beginnings. Magic is in trusting the unknown and going into a place of trust, like a free fall.
“I have always been delighted at the prospect of a new day, a fresh try, one more start, with perhaps a bit of magic waiting somewhere behind the morning.” – Mike Dooley
When I met a man on a train in Tuscany what I am most proud of us listening to my heart and making the grand gesture to begin. All I had to do was trust in the magic without being able to predict forever. That relationship was incredible and it played out until its expiration as all things have one.
Now again, so many years later, I stand at a place where I am ready to trust the magic and begin again with a new beloved. And so I will.