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The beginning is always today

What is your goal for the day?

The beginning is always today.
― Mary Shelley

Mary Shelley was a British Novelist best known for her novel, Frankenstein. She knew that the beginning of something is today. Actually, it is always today.

Her statement seems obvious. Yet, when I read it this morning, I thought, “What a great idea.”  I like to start things yesterday. Which is of course impossible. So I end up not starting.

My life is a series of, “If only I…”  If only I had taken those photographs twenty-five years ago when I met the publisher for Abbeyville Press in Tokyo and he wanted to publish a book of my photographs of Japanese women. But I didn’t do it because I couldn’t quite decide what to do, and I didn’t follow through.

If only we hadn’t borrowed so much money to  redo the kitchen in Saint Paul, Minnesota,  we wouldn’t have so much debt to pay off. But the money is spent and I can’t go back and not rip out the kitchen cabinets and walls to the studs.

If only I had brought my own Mamiya camera to New Orleans from Tokyo in 1988,  instead of the camera I rented from New York City. The rental camera wouldn’t have broken on the first day of the shoot at 5:00 in the morning, and I wouldn’t have had to rent a Hasselblad camera from the camera store and buy a Polaroid back for $450 dollars because they wouldn’t rent the Polaroid back. But the photographs are taken and the book is printed. I can’t go back in time and take my own camera.

Today I don’t want to say, “If only I…” Today I want to begin something new. But sometimes it’s hard to start.

It is easier to live in the past. You don’t have to actually do anything.   On your shelves you can display all of your trophies from your past accomplishments. It might be fun to spend the rest of your life looking at your photographs and dusting off your past.

You don’t have to worry about what you want to do with the rest of your life.  If you don’t start something, you will never have to overcome the fear of meeting new people or starting a new class. You can live a life of regret and sorrow for all the mistakes you made.

Or you can pick yourself up and start something.

You can even start today.

I realise there’s something incredibly honest about trees in winter, how they’re experts at letting things go.
―Jeffrey McDaniel

Will you be a tree with me today, and let go of past regrets? Will you believe in yourself and start something? Lets put away our dusters and start something new.

What will you start today?

Please tell me in the comments, I would love to chat.

About Pamela Hodges

My name is Pamela Hodges. I am a writer and an artist. I write to encourage and to bring laughter. I paint cats, draw cartoons and write books for children and grown ups.

You are an artist. Yes, you are. Really.

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  • Janelle

    Today, I’m just beginning. I’m doing the same things I do every morning, making family work, and feeling blessed as I accept that into my life today.

  • oddznns

    Great message Pamela. My mom just had a stroke, so today I’m starting on learning to take each day of this new journey with her one baby step at a time. And like Kathleen, to really believe that all I have to do is stand in faith!

  • Yes, I will start something new, but it will have to be tomorrow. We were at Charlie’s birthday party and I am exhausted.:)

  • Today, I started believing that all I have to do is stand in faith, and God will fight for me. “You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the Lord will give you, Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Go out to face them tomorrow, and the Lord will be with you.” 2 Chronicles 20:17

  • kathunsworth

    Hey Pam a great message I have started, but sometimes feel I have taken on too many new things to learn. So from today onwards I will break it down, be persistent, take a break when needed and then return. I will keep pushing onwards…..oh and most of all I will enjoy the process.

  • Christa Sterken

    what a powerful message. How MANY things have I not done because I didn’t know how to start? But, I will join you and move from today.

  • Hindsight is invaluable ~ for the insight it inparts ~ though a residue of regret ~ may linger in our hearts ~ maybe I can learn to start ~ something new today ~ in accepting its wisdom ~ without regrets holding sway ~ Just a thought! Thanks, Pamela 🙂 xx

    • Joy,
      I love this poem. Who is the author? Anyone I know?

      • Well it’s someone I know pretty well! Glad you like it, Pamela. 🙂 xx

        • Now Joy, are you being tricky? Did you write it?

          • Sorry, Pamela. I thought you were just teasing me! Yes, I’m the author of the micro-poem. It just came to me as I thought about your post and how to reply to it.

          • Oh dear, Joy. Now I have to admit I thought the poem was written by a famous author and I didn’t want to appear foolish and not know who it was.

          • When I am famous (if ever), you can wax lyrical about knowing me when no-one else did! Thanks for the compliment. 🙂 x