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from Paul & The Ripples Project
version 3.19: Ripples of BEGINNING
Monday, May 7, 2001
There will come a time when you believe everything is finished.
That will be the beginning.
-Louis L’Amour, submitted by Meghann McCall &
Monica C. Nohr
Until one is committed, there is hesitancy,
the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness.
Concerning all acts of initiative and creation,
there is one elementary truth the ignorance of which
kills countless ideas and splendid plans:
that the moment one definitely commits oneself,
then providence moves too.
All sorts of things occur to help one that
would never otherwise have occurred.
A whole stream of events issues from the decision,
raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents,
meetings and material assistance which no man
could have dreamed would have come his way.
Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it.
Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.
Begin it now.
-Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, submitted by Keith A. King
Many eRipples readers are preparing for commencement ceremonies
around this time of year, either for their own graduation or for
someone they care about. We have come to regard these festivities as
the final step in a significant educational achievement whether it is
a year of kindergarten or a decade of doctoral studies. Remember,
however, that COMMENCEMENT does not mean THE END! The first
definition in my dictionary reads “A beginning!”
Whether you are preparing to leave school, leave a job, or leave
another part of your life behind, focus a bit of your energy on the
end of that life chapter and focus MOST of your energy on the new
chapter you are about to begin!