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Topic: Start (01/16/06)
TITLE: Beginning v. Ending
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Have you noticed that we often find it difficult to start a project, a change of lifestyle, or a good deed? Could it be that we are hindered by our failure to stop something else? Stop is such a negative word. It’s almost as bad as the ‘no’ word.
To start writing this article I stopped writing my second novel at the close of chapter fourteen. If only certain other things were so easy to stop.
I really need to start dieting. I’m still in the talking stage – that period or era preceding start. Actually, there remains one vital step before start of the diet and so closely associated that it seems too conflicting. I must stop eating unhealthy food and stop overeating permissible menu selections.
I desire to start visiting elderly neighbors, ailing friends, neglected relatives, and some of the forsaken of society. However, this would require that I stop my faithful viewing of favorite television programs, playing captivating video games, keeping up on telephonic gossip, leisure eating, or some other self-appointed right or privilege.
I really should start giving to worthy charities or the needy child or family down the street. But, surely, you understand what a sacrifice that demands. I’d have to stop pushing dollar bills into the piggy bank. I’d be forced to drop in measly quarters. I might have to stop feeding those undeniable Mac Attacks, Pizza Pangs, and those resounding Screams for Ice Cream.
Wow! Once I start something it’s hard to stop. Please excuse me…I really must stop writing this article and start chapter fifteen of my novel. And, boy have I worked up and appetite since starting this project!
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