New Beginnings

By Geraldine Somerset

We are living in strange times with a heap of challenges on all levels. And then there is Covid-19.

I was sitting contemplating how life has changed, almost in the blink of an eye. It struck me that this is a new beginning, a fresh start. If you can let go of the past, free yourself of failures and disappointments and embrace a new perspective—a fresh look at the future, and all the wonderful possibilities it holds.

Having a Sense of Purpose

Viktor Frankl (1905-1997), the Viennese psychiatrist stressed the importance of what he called the will to meaning. He believed that having a sense of meaning or purpose or a goal in life drives us forward from one day to the next, even when we confront personal suffering, family tragedy or public calamity. That is the inner compass that gives us direction. When we lose it, we begin to drift and can become lost and filled with despair.

In these times of Covid-19, we are being presented with extraordinary circumstances, that are not always easy. We all have our own difficulties and challenges.

Press the Reset Button

My advice is to press the reset button. This is an amazing opportunity to action all the ideas and changes that you’ve talked about and thought about. Trust everything that happens, there’s a reason. There’s no replay button, the moment has passed. Our past experiences are our building blocks and will guide us into the future. Changes are necessary to help us grow. In the words of Roman poet Horace, Carpe Diem (Seize the Day).

Embrace Technology

Technology is improving daily in leaps and bounds and we are fortunate to have it available at our fingertips. We have connectivity on grand and global scale and we can connect with our families, friends and business associates. We have access to a big global village of information. Although it may feel like we are isolated and all alone, we are not separated by buildings or borders.

The beginning is always today. —Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

Bill Keane reminds us – Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift. that’s why we call it the present.