“All beginnings are hopeful”

Dan MillerPersonal Development3 Comments

Creating a new beginning can spark hope, enthusiasm and confidence!

“All beginnings are hopeful” is actually a quotation from the president of Oxford University, spoken to the entering freshman in 1944, in the midst of a world war.  It’s a concept we’ve seen confirmed throughout history.  In working with people going through change, I am often struck by the discouragement, frustration, and frequent anger and resentment they bring to the table.  I have come to recognize however, that those feelings always tell me that the person is looking backward, at something that has already occurred.  As soon as we are able to draw a line in the sand and create a clear plan for the future, those feelings quickly begin to dissipate and are replaced by hope, optimism and enthusiasm.  The optimism of looking forward overtakes those negative emotions – they just can’t live in the excitement of a “new beginning.”

Viktor Frankl, in his wonderful little book, “Man’s Search for Meaning”, relates his observations of people in the German concentration camps.  Age, health, education or ability could not predict those who survived the atrocities there.  No, rather it was only those who believed that there was something better coming tomorrow who were able to survive and ultimately walk away from those camps.  If people believed what they saw was all there was, they could be 35 years old and still just shrivel up and die.

Feeling discouraged?  Miserable in your job?  Just lost your business?  Give yourself a new beginning today!    On this first day of 2012 – decide to make a new beginning.  “All beginnings are hopeful.”

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“There are two mistakes one can make along the road to truth…not going all the way, and not starting.” – Gautama Siddharta

“A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.” – Lao Tzu

“So many fail because they don't get started – they don't go.  They don't overcome inertia.  They don't begin.” – W. Clement Stone

“He who chooses the beginning of the road chooses the place it leads to.”  – Harry Emerson Fosdick

Today is the first day of a brand new year. 

In how many areas of your life can you have a new beginning today?

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  • Patricia landrum

    Thanks again Dan for another thought provoking and encouraging word from you.  Patti

  • Mrcharlesb

    2011 was the worse year in my life. I’m 55 years old and basically  starting all over again in my career and relationships. Thank God I have a wife and family that love me and a God that promises a new beginning if we trust him. Depression almost killed me last year, cost me two good jobs, almost cost my marriage and has challenged my faith. Your words of inspiration really help those of us who are hurting. God Bless

    • Anonymous

      Thanks so much for your note.  Just remember that we never really “start all over again.”  You may have to rebuild your career and finances but you have skills, desires, ideas and experience that make you a different person than when you were 20 or 30 or even 50.  Anticipate using those to help you more quickly rebuild and move into this next season of your life.