In 1913 my Great-grandfather wrote that “someone is always beginning”.
This is reassuring.
Of course he is trying to placate what he calls the “amateur rosarians”, those likely (and apparently sensitive) purchasers of his “The Rose Book”. But as someone who seems to be beginning again in every aspect of their life, I find the words not just comforting but a timely reminder.
Naturally there have been other beginnings, but those middle and ends may have led "not (to) where our hopes (were) set”. Or as I like to call it: ‘when life tips itself upside-down in a ferocious-shaking-of-the-snowglobe type of way’. And so we may find ourselves in old-familiar surroundings but in completely different circumstances; where there was once enthusiasm and hope for the journey ahead there is now simply dizzying bewilderment and a broken-heart.
And so we begin again. Or like the nervous virgin rosarian, for the first time.
But how to "begin well"? Or how to simply just Begin?
H.H. recommends that the novice rose-grower starts with both climbing and dwarf roses: “the latter for delight…; the former to captivate (the) promise of an abundant blossoming to come.”
This seems simple enough:
1) when beginning find something delightful - that which brings you delight (DELIGHT a verb: to please someone greatly & a noun meaning great pleasure) - that will help you climb out of whatever ending you've had to endure and let it lead you into the light
2) start small. the smallest beginnings can lead us to prolific growth and blossoming.