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"The tree that never had to fight For sun and sky and air and light, But stood out in the open plain And always got its share of rain, Never became a forest king But lived and died a scrubby thing.

The man who never had to toil To gain and farm his patch of soil, Who never had to win his share Of sun and sky and light and air, Never became a manly man But lived and died as he began.

Good timber does not grow with ease, The stronger wind, the stronger trees, The further sky, the greater length, The more the storm, the more the strength. By sun and cold, by rain and snow, In trees and men good timbers grow."

- Douglas Malloch

There are moments in time when one sits and ponders on what they wish they had, they did or even they ate for dinner. The thing is, life is full of millions of choices. So many, in fact that making life decisions can be of great difficulty. Thankfully, life revolves around the start and finish. Beginning and end. It is a reoccurring cycle of the new, old and the present.

"Some of us think holding on makes us strong, but sometimes it is letting go." ― Herman Hesse

"Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end." ―Seneca
New Beginnings

As we make these life decisions, we can sometimes regret what was said or done at the time of the event. With this being the case many of the times, it causes people to feel some type of emotion. Whether it is happy, sad, or even gloomy, these emotions take over, making us want to start fresh and seek new beginnings. Fortunately, these new beginnings that we aim for are surrounding us on a daily basis whether we know it or not. It can be something as simple as running into an acquaintance from a few years back or getting someone’s phone number while out. Both, great opportunities to take advantage of.

Once we encounter that new opportunity or light at the end of the tunnel that is perhaps calling our names, this hole we believed to be stuck in will completely vanish. The problem in this is that sometimes when we are presented these chances, we tend to get scared making us stick to the old, even if it is not the ideal situation. In order to move on, we as people have to search deep down into our souls and bring out the drive we have to find that one thing that could recreate our entire existence. In reality, it is way easier to sit and ponder on the past than work towards the better and this my friends is exactly what we tend to do, at all times.

As much as we believe that we are always motivated or driven to go out there and achieve the greatest, we aren’t. That might take time to admit but that is more than acceptable since the people surrounding us can be the push we need to take on that new opportunity or experience. Whether it is a friend, family member, loved one or even stranger that has that influence on you, great. At the end of the day, it does’t matter who gave you that push as long as when we get to that place, we go for it in full force allowing it to be a complete game changer.So impactful that it can even be the one thing we humans need to realize that new beginnings are not as scary as we believe them to be.

In order to get to that point where these fresh starts don’t scare us, it is imperative to stay open minded. As we get older, our minds don’t enjoy letting in new ideas or situations since we are used to what we believe has worked over the past years of our existence. This is simply the act of being closed minded and if one is going to think that way, new beginnings or change we wish to see will never be possible. So, take this as a learning lesson and be thankful for the new opportunities that are thrown our way. At one point in time, we will understand the greatness behind these fresh starts.

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