Posted by: ritagone | November 6, 2013

New Beginnings

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I’m convinced that everyone deserves a new beginning every now and then in their life.

Sometimes it’s as simple as a job change, or a career revamping, because where you were has gotten stale, and you’ve decided you don’t want to spend the next decades doing what doesn’t interest you.  So instead, you reach out for that field which has always appealed to you, and lo and behold!  You find that there are career opportunities that are welcoming you.  It doesn’t always happen this way, but sometimes, just occasionally, it does.  And when it does, it feels so good to start over waking up in the morning looking forward to going to work instead of dreading it.  And there are indeed many stories of people who have shifted gears in mid-life to learn a whole new “thing,” then gone off to pursue it with a smile on their face.  I love hearing those stories, don’t you?  New beginnings.  That’s what I’m talking about!

For some, it means moving to a new house in a new city, literally starting over with new furniture around them, new rooms to wander through and decorate, new paint colors on the walls, put our personal stamp on and make our own.  Oh sure, it’s a lot of work and energy, but in the end, you have made for yourself a place that literally belongs to you and welcomes you at the end of a day.  It’s a haven and a nest and all those synonyms for home that make us feel warm and fuzzy inside.  And that’s when we can truly appreciate Dorothy’s words as she stood with her feet firmly planted in Oz and her heart yearning to be back in Kansas: “There’s no place like home.”

Often it’s a new marriage later in life after being widowed or being alone for many years.  Suddenly you have someone to share life with, and that’s always better than going it alone.  I’m looking around me now and seeing this happening to some of my peers and friends and loving what I’m seeing.  Of course, I’m not sure that if I were left alone, anyone would want to spend their declining years with me.  But that’s another story!  For those who do find another Mr. or Mrs. Right, God bless them.  Love is often just as wonderful the second time around.  Frank Sinatra got that song lyric right, at least.*

So where do you need to begin something new in your life?  If people I know can marry again in their mid to late 70’s and early 80’s and find so much comfort and happiness, if moving to a new house can give someone a whole new enterprise that consists of decorating and landscaping, if changing jobs or careers can bring a person a whole new level of satisfaction, perhaps it’s time that you take a look at your own life and decide where some changes are in order.

Maybe it’s as simple as a short-term missions trip undertaken through your church or taking a class at the local educational facilities available to the community.  Maybe it’s dance lessons, long overdue.  Maybe learning a second language.  Whatever it is, tackling something new at any age is a challenge and a thrill.

And well worth the effort.

I’d love to hear what you think would be a new beginning enterprise for you.

* I’ve always disliked the Sinatra song and lyric “My Way” (“I did it my way”), which goes so counter to the Christian value of relying on God.  Since when did being an independent, self-contained kind of person ever do anyone that much good?  In this case, Mr. Sinatra and his cohorts got it very wrong indeed, and unfortunately this particular song is very much his signature one.

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  1. New beginnings are so healthy, and take much courage. I hope I never stop starting. Thanks Rita.


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