In the dim background of our mind, we know what we ought to be doing but somehow we cannot start. -William James
There are two mistakes one can make along the road to truth… not going all the way, and not starting. -Buddha
There are some things one can only achieve by a deliberate leap in the opposite direction. -Franz Kafka
I have been thinking about new beginnings lately. Actually, if I were to be more accurate, I would have to say that I was arguing, fighting and wrestling with new beginnings. However, it may not be in the way you think. Many people resist new beginnings – they fight vehemently to ensure that change does not occur. I have many friends who really struggle with change and prefer to prevent it at all costs – new beginnings, of course, are all about change.
The aforementioned resistance to change, however, does NOT apply to me. No, I have a different issue. I have an issue that can frustrate me so much I want to pull my hair out. My problem – is that – change – new beginnings – they seem to resist me!!! I am sadly (depressingly so) serious. I look for opportunities, I look for ways in which our family can learn and grow and have adventures. I look for job opportunities that would challenge me to grow.
I do not know of it is the current world climate, the realities of the job market, stereotypes and biases of those who would need to hire or partner with me, or all of the above….. what I do know, is that it is very frustrating.
I also know that there are many people, good people, talented, dedicated, devoted, hard-working people who are desperate for new beginnings, new jobs, new hope – and are not finding these things. This is heartbreaking.
I am not sure what the answers are. I suppose we all just have to find the energy and strength to persevere. We must convince ourselves of the hope that eventually our new beginnings will come. And, in the meantime, remember to be thankful for the things that we do have. As much as I personally yearn for new beginnings, I can step back and be thankful for the life that I do have – one of joy, job challenges and satisfaction, and one filled with the love and laughter of a caring family. These things give me great pleasure as I work on developing my patience.
Today, 152 days ’til 40, I wish for all of my readers that they will be blessed with the new beginnings their hearts desire.