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Today’s writing prompt is Begin.

Today is the first day of the rest of your life. OK, so usually I really hate clichés. Ok, maybe I still do. But this one had me thinking. I’m a planner. It’s in my nature. But lately I find myself doing way more planning than living. I’m always looking to the next step ahead. The next workout, the next phase of my kids’ development, the next grocery trip, the next round of laundry. Planning is good,, but for me it becomes almost obsessive. I think that if I put enough effort and brain power into my future plans it will some how count as effort toward those activities. Sure, it is helpful to know where I’m going, but constantly obsessing won’t be me there any faster.

I need to start at the beginning in be OK with that. You see, I like consistency. Patterns. Commitment. So new things scare me, because I don’t know if they are going to become something. It’s easier for me to decide that I’m going in whole hog (wow, I’ve never used that phrase before), than to dip my toes in slowly. This leads to the constant list making, overabundant research and sometimes analysis paralysis.

In so many areas of my life I’m trying to make small changes. But when I don’t see results quickly I’m easily discouraged. I need to accept that this is just the beginning. I don’t have to know the end result. It may be what I want, or not. It could be something better that I can’t even imagine right now. So today is the first day of the rest of my life. But right now all I have is today, the beginning, the start of something that isn’t quite clear yet and all I can do is to give it my all today. Tomorrow will take care of itself.
“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matthew 6:34

Every moment offers a fresh start.

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