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Spring is the Perfect Time for New Beginnings
by Karen Kuebler

Having just celebrated the New Year, and with the promise of Spring approaching shortly, my mind has been drawn toward thoughts of “New Beginnings.”  The past month has been filled with very challenging difficulties and significant loss for our family.  In spite of distress that feels insurmountable, each new day brings hope and promise.  More...

I recently read a quote that was so applicable by Kahlil Gibran: "Joy and sorrow are inseparable... together they come and when one sits alone with you... remember that the other is asleep upon your bed."  I wanted to focus this article on thoughts of hope and new beginnings for the coming months.


Following are some cost effective ideas to help us look to the future and create new joy in our lives:


bulletRekindle old friendships and resolve any unmended fences with family and friends.  Life is too short to allow feelings of resentment or bitterness to come in the way of relationships and the opportunity to share rewarding memories.

bulletStart a journal and fill it with all of your goals and dreams for the future.  Don’t censure what you write.  If it pops into your head, write it down.  Putting a goal in writing is the first step toward making it happen.  Even if you only achieve a fraction of your dreams in your lifetime, you will be further ahead than many who never attempt to try.

bulletPlant a new garden  A small garden can be a constant reminder of the beauty in life, and each new bloom represents a joyful new beginning.

bulletOpen a new savings account for one of your goals you recorded in your journal.  Deposit a little something each week, no matter how small.  As the savings grows, you will become more hopeful about realizing one of your dreams.  Hope creates it’s own internal reward system! 

bulletBegin a new hobby that you have wanted to do, but have never gotten around to it.  Sign up for a class, join a club, or get together with a friend who shares your interest in this new hobby.   You will find yourself making new friends, while learning something new.  I find the creativity that comes in learning a new hobby really inspires me and just makes me feel better inside.

bulletDeclutter start with one small corner and discover how clearing out the old makes room for the new.  You will feel like you’ve removed old mental cobwebs and it will bring some peace of mind.  Set a small time limit each day to do this – even 15 minutes.  Set up a few boxes; one for charity, one for garbage, one for recycling to give to friends or family.  If you are uncertain about an item, keep a box especially for those things.  In a few months, look at them again, and you’ll have a better idea what you want to do with those things.

bulletVolunteer for a cause that matters to you.  Even if you are limited in time, you can find an hour or two a week to do something to help others.  You’ll be amazed how helping others will create new beginnings for you and bring renewed meaning into your life.

bulletWrite at least one letter a week to say hello and share your thoughts and love with somebody important in your life.  Think how great it would feel to receive one note a week from others that care about you.  If you start writing notes to others, you’ll probably start receiving more in return.

bulletWelcome new neighbors when they move in.  I’ve tended to be shy about this in the past, but have learned how much it means to be made to feel welcome.  Invite them for dinner – you might just find that you really hit it off and make new friends.

bulletConsole those who need comfort  Giving of yourself to comfort another will not only help the other person, but will make you feel a whole lot better about life.

bulletAlways have a book to read and read something new continuously.  If you read one book a month, over 10 years you will have read 120 new books.  Think about all you will have learned that you would have missed by not continually reading something new.


I hope some of these ideas will inspire you to try something new this year.  I believe we are evolving beings, and I especially feel inspired when I can look back and see how far I have come in five years or ten years time.  Life is filled with all kinds of New Beginnings, and they are there for the taking if we just reach out and grab them! 


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Copyright © 2004 by Karen Kuebler

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