I began this series because I was having trouble beginning. (If that ain’t the sound of one hand clapping, I don’t know what is.)
I thought that if I kept things small, I could keep things going—I could keep beginning, every day. And damned if it didn’t work, until about two-thirds of the way through, when my well-meaning, deeply toxic brain started off-gassing “should”s.
You should end it with a BIG finish—something grand and profound to wrap it all up with majesty. And symmetry! Or maybe irony!
You should compile these into a book, create a Tumblr blog, buy a URL, start a mailing list.
You should have a plan. You should have HAD a plan. Or gotten a plan. You should have figured out some way to keep it going, to monetize it, to Grow the Brand.
And you know what? It’s possible. It’s possible that I should have done many things, and it’s definitely possible that I could have done them. What I needed to do when I began this, though, was to begin. And then to keep on beginning, right through to the end. (At which point, of course, I am free to keep beginning.)
So at the end of this beginning, I tell myself this: You looked up at the trees, and saw them a different way. You slowed down, you fixed your gaze on thing after tiny thing, and saw their stories. And that is enough.
I am starting to think endings only seem big, and also that they only seem like endings. And, in the same way, that small things only seem tiny. There is so much there; there is the whole world in that one tiny thing, if you want to see it. Each tiny thing, a door into the whole, wide world.
And the only thing you should do, in the end, is know that you always, in any moment, have the chance to begin again.
This is Day 21 of a 21-day series. For more scoop on the who/what/why, go here.