Trust the Magic of Beginnings

“And suddenly you know: It’s time to start something new and trust the magic of beginnings.” 
Meister Eckhart

 

The Reading Chair

The Reading Chair

I have always believed that on New Year’s Day, I must do something that I have never done before.  Beginnings have a mystical energy that motivate me to set aside whatever I am doing to consider a different path or a specific challenge.

This year was no different.

In the early hours of January 1, 2015, I learned how to borrow e-books from the Vancouver Public Library.  While it may seem rather obvious to the tech savvy, this was no ordinary task, especially since I wanted to link the download to my computer, iPhone and iPad.  I was on my own.  The library doors were closed for New Years.  I am now the proud recipient of two library books.  The best news is that I will never have a late library book.  It seems that on the last day, the book vanishes from my bookshelf.  Imagine!

I find that the thrill of success encourages a spirit of recklessness, as I soon found out when I stopped by Reading Interrupted a few minutes later and committed to reading Dante Alighieri this year.  Here is my rash statement:  “Gulp!! I am going to take on a huge challenge! “Remember tonight…for it is the beginning of always.” Dante Alighieri.  My Italian is rudimentary but nothing ventured, nothing gained.”

When I say my Italian is rudimentary, I mean basic level!!

And yet, I think I will take Meister Eckhart’s advice and “trust the magic of beginnings.”

 

 

15 thoughts on “Trust the Magic of Beginnings

    • I must confess that I will be listening to an audio-book as I go along. And I agree, my dear Christy, reading is best done on a comfy sofa with a cup of tea. In fact, I’m heading there now. Have a wonderful new week – another beginning. 🙂

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  1. Lovely, Rebecca, Im a strong believer in doing something new at the beginning of the New Year too. What comes is all new and exciting, thank you for your inspiring words and images! 🙂
    Big hug form the Four of us,
    Dina & co xo

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    • Thank you, Dina. This year, my focus is on recognizing the new in our daily activities. To be amazed by what I experience, even in the ordinary, the seemingly insignificant things. To engage and respond with joy. I was just reading the mythology of Pandora’s box and the powerful idea of hope. Big hugs to the Fab Four! You always make my day. 🙂

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  2. I love your reading corner, so inviting! Bravo, once again, on your determination to try to read Dante in Italian. It will be a fun adventure (perhaps keep the English translation nearby? I do this when I read poetry in Spanish).

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  3. That’s a comfy looking reading chair. So, you mean you’re going to read Dante IN Italian? Very ambitious. I actually taught myself how to speak French by forcing myself to read in French. I had a basic level of grammar already, and tried to learn vocabulary from context. I would only look words up if I was really confused. It was very effective. After only about a year, I read Les Miserables. The most difficult (still) is Colette. Her language is so poetic and literary -lots of metaphors and words that even my husband doesn’t know. Anyway, Good luck to you!!

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    • You really have an amazing determination. I agree – the best way to learn a language is to read. When we were in Italy studying Italian for 3 weeks, our class would sing songs in Italian. Even though we did not sound like Andrea Bocelli, it was a great way to integrate words and meanings. For example, the first line of Con Te Partiro is not “It’s time to say goodbye.” Rather, it is “With you, I will go….” To me, that is a profound difference.

      Con te partirò paesi che non ho mai
      veduto e vissuto con te
      adesso si li vivrò
      Con te partirò su navi per mari
      che io lo so no, no, non esistono più
      con te io li vivrò

      Having made this commitment to Dante, I have already made a trip to the library. And I am looking into reading Colette (in English, for now). Languages have subtle differences, despite the best efforts of translation. For example, in English, the phrase “I love you,” Begins with “I” whereas Italian is “Ti amo” which begins with “you.”

      And so begins another year. I’m taking advice from Sidonie Gabrielle Colette: “Be happy. It’s one way of being wise.”

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  4. I like the reading chair – it seems like a good place to be.

    It is really important to always be open to grow, in the little things especially. Then the big things aren’t so daunting. Happy 2015.

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    • I agree! Remember when you read Adam Smith’s Wealth of Nation with your daughter. I am convinced that if we do not challenge ourselves in small things, our minds atrophy and are less likely to experience the depth and breadth of knowledge. Is it possible that our minds start to lose their ability to think? Albert Einstein said, “The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.” If we do not dare to consider alternatives, will we begin to embrace mediocrity?

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