Reflecting: I Choose to Begin

Reflecting Reading of the Day:

I love all beginnings, despite their anxiousness and their uncertainty, which belong to every commencement. If I have earned a pleasure or a reward, or if I wish that something had not happened; if I doubt the worth of an experience and remain in my past—then I choose to begin at this very second.

     Begin what? I begin. I have already thus begun a thousand lives.

Early Journals

Barrows, Anita; Macy, Joanna (2009-10-29). A Year with Rilke: Daily Readings from the Best of Rainer Maria Rilke (p. 1). HarperCollins. Kindle Edition.

Eagle Harbor on Bainbridge Island

Eagle Harbor on Bainbridge Island

I Choose to Begin

I love all beginnings. I can relate to this title. I love new relationships and new startups and new books.

Everything is open at the beginning.

Just naming the beginning is a joy of forming a new space to fill with the experiences and with reflections and insights and links to what has gone before.

Yet what a strange word buried in the excerpt – “commencement”. I’ve always thought of commencement as an ending, not a beginning. At the end of college, it is the celebration of an end. Of course, it is the announcement of a new beginning.

I start this new year with the resolve of several simultaneous beginnings – a year of reflections with Rilke, daily blog posts drawn from Emails to a Young Entrepreneur, and the beginning of another new software startup.

Each beginning builds on all the fits and starts of the past. How do I incorporate the best of these experiences or is it immerse myself in the new beginnings and enjoy.

Happy New Year

Happy New Beginning(s)

Reflecting With Rilke

A year with RilkeThese daily reflections are taken from A Year with Rilke. As I embark on publishing Emails to a Young Entrepreneur which was inspired by Rilke’s Letters to a Young Poet, I look forward to a daily meditation on other selections from Rilke’s poetry and writings.

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