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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Start (01/16/06)

TITLE: Start is the Beginning
By Nell Berry
01/20/06


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Start is the Beginning
1/20/06

To start is to begin. The problem is I never know where to begin. There is always so much that must be done, where to begin is the question.

Some people have no problem with beginning. I have always had that problem. My husband always says, “Just start, at least you will be doing something, not just sitting.”
But my thoughts always keep going over the things that need doing, and which ones need doing first; or have the greatest urgency; or the greatest demand. As I sit and ponder, “Where should I start?” it is not surprising that not much gets done.

My husband always has a plan before starting. He is a woodworker by hobby, and before he begins any project he can visualize in his mind’s eye what goes where and where to put nut screw and bolt or nail. He knows every dimension of the project and has a drawing of it to keep on track as he works. He is so organized about his projects, it just amazes me.

I have never learned to be organized. I do everything in a haphazard fashion. I see something that needs to be done and start to do it. Getting half way through the project I may see something else that needs doing, abandon the first project and begin the next. I know this is not the way to do anything, but that is the way I have always done things and it has become my method or my manner and it is difficult to break out of a habit once it is programmed into your mind.

Well, being nearly 75 years old, I don’t think it prudent to begin to train myself to start over and do things differently. I have survived all these years doing things as I do them and I don’t think it wise to try to be something or someone I am not.

So, I will just “start” to end this project on that note. To begin is to “start” and to “start” is to begin. I have begun to write this article and I have started to finish. This is the end.


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