One of my favorite words is “beginning” because it conveys strength and hope. In the beginning everything is shiny and new. We’re brimming with good intentions and lots of can do attitude.
Beginning, again, is what our bodies do without our conscious awareness. With each new breath we refresh our brain and our other organs. It’s part of what God thoughtfully set in motion when He created man in His own image, and it’s one of the keys to our survival. Each breath is also an opportunity to start over, to forgive, to love, to learn, to let go of things that don’t serve us well and to consciously look for others that challenge and strengthen us. Each day brings the opportunity to recharge mentally and physically.
At the moment, my most important “beginning, again” is getting my flexibility back, something I lost after I started remodeling my house.
For months my house has been full of painters, plumbers and construction people who need my input. During part of that time I stopped going to the gym, something I’ve done on a regular basis since my 20’s. If that wasn’t bad enough, I slept on a blowup mattress because my bedroom was draped in plastic and covered with dust and grit. More recently I’ve been picking up puppies who weigh over 20 pounds apiece. My back has finally kicked me to the curb, but then I shouldn’t be surprised. I was asking for my back to go out.
This week I saw “Dr. Magic Hands.” She’s not a chiropractor but a PhD. in Biophysiology who repositioned the post anterior rotation of my pelvic bones. This is more than you want to know, but the IT band down my left leg, my left quadricep and both hamstrings are either out of alignment, have palpable knots or are as rigid as steel rods. My flexibility is seriously compromised, so each day I’m stretching to get back to where I was before I had this loss of self-preservation. My daily stretches were the last thing I thought I’d ever give up!
Regardless of whether we’re dealing with bad backs, depression, a serious illness or the loss of someone we love, what if we use each day as a new beginning? So you blow your diet today… So you blow it all week! That doesn’t mean you can’t start over with the next meal or the next day. New beginnings take commitment. They’re not a guarantee “this time” will be easier.
New beginnings come with the hope that we’ll encounter something with the power to change our lives, but that something is us! We are the ones with the power—and the opportunities God gives us—not a new job or a winning lottery ticket. With this breath and the next, what if we take this opportunity to begin, again? What areas of your life need a fresh start?