102 – Beginnings

Happy 2022! Let the new year begin.

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I like walking on the beach. It is good for the mind, body, and soul – and refreshing on my feet.

What marks the start of your day? For me, it’s when I awaken. Sometimes with an alarm clock – most of the time around my natural hour. Other times it’s unplanned when I find myself wide awake and restless in the middle of the night. But that’s me.

Other people may not consider their day starting until finishing their first or second cup of coffee. For others, it may be a morning walk or run, but the list can go on and on because each of us is different. So, today I think about beginnings.

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Beginnings are an unfolding, inception, emergence, or an onset – yet maybe as simple as something new.

Today I began my morning by watching the sunrise. From the colorful display of the pre-dawn light to the eventual appearance of the fiery ball, I love its glory – but the actual new day started at midnight with a stroke of a clock while I slept.

There are beginnings to games, events, sequence, or even construction. All begin differently – a whistle, kickoff, tipoff, faceoff, tee shot, or scrum. It could be the first pitch, a musical overture, a starter’s pistol, an electronic tone, a wave of the flag, a bell, a curtain opening, the dimming of lights, Opening Day, Opening Night, a groundbreaking shovel of dirt, and more.

An empty stadium, a freshly plowed field, a vacant lot – all are places waiting for something to happen – waiting for a beginning.

The beginning of a friendship may start with a hello, a handshake, an introduction, a smile, or any other friendly gesture – even a first dance.

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Beginnings are a start, a launch, dawn, or genesis – a new moon, a sunrise, a nova, or a new tide. A beginning may also be a void, an empty space, nothing, or even something as simple as an opening.

The beginning is springtime – the empty field where crops start their growth toward becoming bountiful. The new buds on trees and shrubs. The new shoots from underground bulbs – or even life bursting from a seed.

Spring is the beginning of mating rituals by birds and other animals – a season leading to the beginning of a new generation.

Beginnings can be the flowering trees setting the stage of a new generation of that tree involving flowers to fruits to seeds – all leading to a new young seedling. Beginnings can also be a package of purchased seeds.

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A beginning can be a concrete footer, a steel beam, a shovel of dirt, a cornerstone, or a foundation – but all started with preparing the land for construction.

The beginning is the crying red face of a newborn, a nervous child waiting for the bus on their first day of school, a smiling bride escorted down the aisle, a happy graduate, the first glance of someone across a table or a room – even a first date.

The beginning is a ceremony, a baptism/christening, bar mitzvah, wedding, commencement, ribbon cutting, swearing-in, inauguration, equinox, January, midnight, 2 AM, some say Sunday but others Monday.

Beginnings used to be first grade, then it was kindergarten, but now it’s preschool.

Beginnings can signify the start of the next stage – second grade or third. The beginning of a play’s Act 2. The beginning of more depth between friends grows with trust and letting one’s guard down to be vulnerable – the unforgettable first kiss that begins increased intensity between two potential lovers.

Beginnings can be a preamble, preface, foreword, introduction, opening paragraph, the first chapter, a debut, Act 1, or the first blog post.

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Beginnings can be a fanfare, the first stanza, a musical overture, the first movement, a prelude, a rising or falling ball, the letter A, or even alpha.

Beginnings can be a clean piece of paper, a fresh canvas, or a new electronic file.

Beginnings can be a ring, pledge, oath, vow, promise, covenant, opening prayer, or even something informal or non-ceremonial.

Beginnings can be a theme song, jury selection, an investigation, opening credits, or even an idea.

Beginnings are not an end, which is different from the end of the beginning and the beginning of the end.

All these beginnings, yet we seemingly have a difficult time deciding if the beginning of a new decade starts with a year ending in one or zero – let alone the beginning of a new Millenium.

I began this walk long ago thinking about beginnings, then recording thoughts as I walked. Those thoughts turned into notes to be organized, then drafted, and eventually this essay. That’s the beginning of this beach walk. Just another reason why I like walking the beach, which is also good for the mind, body, and soul – and refreshing on my feet.

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135 thoughts on “102 – Beginnings”

    1. Merril,
      There are many beginnings and yes – it can be many places. In my classroom, I would tell students that one minute on the clock doesn’t have to start at the 12 because one minute is once around the clock by the second hand …. and we determine the beginning. Thanks for reminding me of that thought. Best wishes to your 2022!

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  1. In the beginning there was a beguiling. The primordial cow licked a man from the rime and thus began the beginning. Happy New Year, Frank!

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  2. Beginnings always feels like a “someplace else” proposition. Until you take the time to reflect on a beginning you were a part of. And then you realize there is no definition for the beginnings and the endings, there is only the moment in which it all began.

    Here’s to a new beginning in 2022.

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        1. Fickel staying at least another year. UC has a couple of advantages. 1) He’s a native Ohioan and I believe has lived in Ohio all his years except one. 2) He has a young family (5 of 6 are in HS or younger). 3) He has integrity and loyalty. (Okla USC Fla ND couldn’t sway him)

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          1. I think it’s a matter of comfort. Why change when these other locales are so fleeting? Fickel never has to win a natty where he is, and he can stay there for as long as he wishes, given that he’s going to keep them in the national conversation. USC and the entire SEC . . their expectations are just plain stupid.

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              1. Look at LSU. They didn’t just win the title two years ago, they had an historic run. Mind you, everything fell into place for that to happen- the QB took off and the O-Coordinator became the latest hot genius. But still.

                Two years later, they bought out the coach to bring in Kelly. Whose faux Southern accent ain’t gonna save him if he doesn’t win right away.

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                  1. There’s something to be said for what Fickel has. From the job security to the success. Argue that he should move to a place where he MIGHT place in the CFP and I say where is that place? Outside of Alabama?

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                    1. I’m telling you, the next step to a makeover for college football will be expanded playoffs. It’s all about opportunity, and we’ve already seen what happens when players are given that, what with the transfer portal and NIL. Add in an expanded playoffs, where more teams will have the opportunity to brand their programs? It will change the game.

                      Think about this. For all the talk about how Bama did what it was expected to do in the semis . . the score was only 17-6 entering the fourth. Cincy didn’t get beat down like the Irish.

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  3. Wonderful New Beginnings Frank… I cannot wait to open the seed packets, and such a beautiful Sunrise
    May the Beginning of 2022 bring about the corner stones of transformation… I feel yet we have some major hurdles which we will have to navigate through… As I still feel our Monetary system is about to get overhauled .. But its going to bring about a change I feel that will be more positive as we go deeper into the year.. But even that is a New beginning .. as one door is closed and another is opened.

    Here’s to ALL of those New Beginnings Frank… Happy 2022 my friend ❤

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    1. Sue,
      I can see beginning as a cornerstone of transformation. You mentioned the monetary system. There was a time of shells serving as coins. All times was different monetary systems were within one country. So transformation isn’t anything new – and each transformation was a beginning. Seeds are also an interesting thought, and kind of a paradox. Planted in the spring as a beginning, but harvested as a end-product leading to a new beginning so the cycle of life goes around and around. Happy New Year, Sue!

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    1. Nico,
      Thank you and glad this started your year well. Thanks for letting me know the phrase that got your attention. Although unrelated at the time I wrote it, I think of the unfolding of the James Webb Space Telescope, which is supposed to provide new images of deep space. A beginning of new information. 🙂

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  4. Great post…….I have started appreciating my beginnings in a whole new light – the light of aging….I’m grateful to HAVE beginnings – not just to my day but to anything new that comes my way. I took starting a new day for granted when I was young and now I am so happy to open my eyes and find that I’m HERE and I can fill my day with whatever I want to. I can SEE the end but I relish the beginning and don’t take ANY of it for granted. Happy New Year Frank…………

    Pam

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    1. Pam,
      Happy New Year! Glad I was able to begin 2022 on a positive note. Thanks for sharing a bit of personal perspective about beginnings. You got me wondering about daily beginnings – How many (on the average) do we encounter in a given day? Then again, that’s assuming we catch the opportunity! Thanks for sharing.

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  5. I think that as long as you believe in new beginnings, there’s always hope. As a Christian, I definitely believe in new beginnings and am thankful for them every day. Just FYI, though, a scrum doesn’t start a rugby game, a kickoff does. 🙂 We saw the most amazing rugby game ever last night, not because of any play but because the entire game was played in rather dense fog!! For a fair amount of time it was almost impossible to see the players on the opposite side of the field or to be sure which team they were on!! 🙂

    Happy 2022

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  6. Sometimes we don’t even realise we were at the beginning of something until we’ve been into it for a while. It is nice, though to be able to say: I was there.
    This is a subject that can have no end… 🙂
    Happy New Year, Frank. May 2022 offer many new beginnings.

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        1. I always pictured my beach walks as a morning read, so my typical posting time is for European mornings. Oddly, late-night western USA readers can get them. But for most of the North American readers, they are ready for their morning. … Besides, I don’t want to stay up until 1 AM to post them. 🙂

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  7. Happy New Year, Frank –
    Thank you for the thought-provoking reflections.
    For me, each day starts on my yoga mat. If I gave myself the chance to fully wake up first, I would totally talk myself out of it! 😀
    Wishing you a wonderful 2022 ahead!

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  8. Frank, this is perhaps your best post. There are a multitude of beginnings you highlighted, more than I had ever thought about. And, beginnings are a joy and very exciting. See, you always make me think. Today you filled me with smiles, too. Thank you, and Happy New Year!

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    1. Jennie,
      Thank you so much for the kind words and I’m humbled by your praise. Beginnings are in our live in many ways. Because of one reader comment, I realize focused on expected beginnings – therefore not realizing that the unexpected eventually lead to a new beginning. Termination from a job & death of a spouse, are two unexpected events that are setbacks – but lead to new beginnings. Happy New Year to you and yours!

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  9. Every moment is the start of an infinite number of new things. You’ve managed to compile a pretty hefty list here! Sunrise really is a time of magic and reflection on what other beginnings the day will bring.

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    1. Lisa,
      Thanks for the kind words. Sometime in early December, I was planning the postings around holidays, and this draft caught my eye. Then it hit me to close the year with Time and then open the new year with Beginnings. Bingo … it worked! Glad you enjoyed the video. Oddly, that wasn’t the original choice, but somehow I found this one. Not only did it visually capture the theme, but to me, the music also captures beginnings. Happy New Year!

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  10. Love the seagulls calling on the video! “Beginnings can also be a package of purchased seeds.” This made me smile. 🙂 Thinking back on my gardening days… Here’s to countless new beginnings and fresh starts! Thank goodness we can have so many of them.

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    1. Barbara,
      Cheers – and are the second person who tapped into their joy of seeds. As I mentioned to them, interesting how the package of seeds marks the beginning of something that ends with seeds. But that thought brings smiles. Thanks for sharing your joy – and Happy New Year to you and yours.

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  11. An excellent topic to “begin” the new year Frank, and wonderfully explored! You’re so right when one thinks about it…every moment is a beginning for something – some momentous, some simply everyday occurrences. But a tremendously optimistic way to look at the world isn’t it?! Here’s to new beginnings, including the new year ahead. Happy 2022 to you and yours!

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  12. Beginnings are a thing fresh in my mind because I find something new begins every day. The concept of old does not exist in the washed-clean face of a start, and I love the way you share some of the ways beginnings manifest in your life! Happy new year, Frank. 🙂

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  13. What a wonderful way to begin 2022. Your writing gives hope and peace in a world that is not sure of where it’s going. Have a healthy and happy New Year. After reading this, every day will be a new beginning for me.

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    1. Anne,
      Welcome first-time commenter to my beach. The walks here remain positive. I want to provide relaxation and provoke thought over a wide variety of topics. (As you see, this is #102). I’m currently posting two a week because I don’t want to burden readers. Feel free to see the Topics List page – and past posts are linked. I invite you to read the first walk that tells how this place came to be. https://beachwalkreflections.wordpress.com/2020/10/20/1-introducing/

      Congratulations on joining the Lens Artists team. Tina is frequently here while others occasionally stop by. Tina and Ann-Christine have collaborated with me.

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  14. This is an excellent piece to think about as we start the new year. Your construction references were particularly interesting to me. I never would have made the association. A new year is always a beginning I pay attention to, although I guess out of a natural progression of thought I’m entering 2022 without as much intention as I typically do. I think I’m just waiting to see what comes! So good to read your thoughts, Frank. I find walking with you on the beach very refreshing!

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    1. Debra,
      A belated Happy New Year to my Lady in Pasadena! Seems the yearly pageantry was another success. Thanks for the kind words about this walk.I imagine beginnings and construction was an early thought – prepare with excavation, then the foundation, followed by the frame. Although many years apart, we’ve been through the construction process twice … and have watched it in action. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Lynn,
      Thank you for your kind words. You also made me chuckle. My experience is that music people commonly use the word nuance. A little story. Our church hosted a concert by the pianist of the Cincy Sym Orch – (obviously off-the-charts good. Our handbell choir director was there. I asked her what a good pianist like her listens for when listening to someone at his level. Yep, her answer was nuances. – and she uses that word when appropriate in our rehearsals.

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  15. Beginnings are really interesting, in that there’s usually so much hope and optimism associated with them. Happy new year of beginnings to you, Frank! May we finally put an end to this pandemic and enjoy things we once took for granted.

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    1. Debbie,
      Thanks for adding a great point about beginning offering so much hope and optimism. It would be gratefully true if we knew the beginning of the end of this virus was actually happening. After all, I’ve got the feeling most people are tired of it. Thanks for sharing and Happy 2022 to you and yours!

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    1. Wallace,
      Thanks for doing a little roaming. This walk was a good way to start the new year. Here are two links for you. This is my first walk, which tells how they became to be. https://beachwalkreflections.wordpress.com/2020/10/20/1-introducing/ The next link is what I call the Topic List page. Published walks are hyperlinked, while the nonlinked are some of the topics for future walks. https://beachwalkreflections.wordpress.com/topics-list/ …. No obligation to visit these.

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  16. Happy New Year…albeit rather late, LOL! My Beginning of 2022 was way too busy!!
    I have a little sign that someone embroidered for me…
    It says:
    Today is the first day of the rest of your life!
    How true that is…esp after all the bad sickness I went through. MY sister actually has a little note on her calendar, each year she marks it…July 10, 2006…which for me truly was the beginning of the rest of my life.

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    1. Ingrid,
      No problem being a bit late. After all, sometimes life gets in the way of blogging. Thanks for sharing something that I didn’t consider – dates marking the beginning of something. Sure, birthdays and anniversaries are two common examples, but I really like your example and its importance to your life. 🙂

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  17. I think everyday is a new beginning. A start to a new day we have no idea of how it will unfold.
    Yes, there are the normal beginnings of getting up and sorting through our minds the duties of the day.
    But, the unexpected can change how the new day will go. Are we really always in control of how things will unfold? Maybe … I’d prefer to let myself believe that everyday will be the best new day and anything that changes that is all part of our karma. So I say, “Let the Day Begin”. A thought provoking walk on the beach today, aFrank. Belated Happy New Year 2022 Wishes to you and your lovely wife. May you both stay safe from this dreadful COVID. Hope you have good health, joyful moments of laughter and more love than your heart can hold.
    Cheers 🍷🍷 Isadora 😎
    ps – I started the New Year with COVID

    A Toast for the New Year 2022

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    1. Isadora,
      A belated Happy 2022 to you! Seems you didn’t have a pleasant start to the new year. Then again, let’s hope for a lot of downhill! 🙂 You’ve always had a pleasant, positive attitude – one that I appreciate – and it is very evident in your comment. Many things we cannot control, but the unexpected events of a day can either be or lead to a new beginning. Thanks for sharing!

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        1. Although I research some to fill in the blanks, must of the thoughts are from walking – just letting the brain simmer on a theme. There are times it feels the mind is spinning but the thoughts are going nowhere – then suddenly, deep into a another layer it goes … and I gotta hope I can capture it.

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