Today I open John O'Donohue's book, To Bless the Space Between Us, A Book of Blessings.
He begins by writing of beginnings. I bring you into the middle of his words.
"Sometimes the greatest challenge is actually to begin; there is something deep in us that conspires with what wants to remain within safe boundaries and stay the same. Years ago my neighbor set out to build a new home. He had just stripped the sod off the field to begin digging out the foundation when an old man from the village happened by. He blessed the work and said, "You have the worst of it behind you now." My neighbor laughed and said, "But I have only just begun." The old man said, "That's what I mean. You have begun; and to make a real beginning is the most difficult act." There is an old Irish proverb that says, "Tus maith leath na hoibre." "A good beginning is half the work. There seems to be a wisdom here, when one considers all the considerations, hesitation, and uncertainty that can claim our hearts for such a long time before the actual act of beginning happens. Sometimes a period of preparation is necessary, where the idea of the beginning may gestate and refine itself; yet quite often we unnecessarily postpone and equivocate when we should simply take the risk and leap into a new beginning."
May today honor what begins.