“‘Where shall I begin, please your Majesty?’ he asked. ‘Begin at the beginning,’ the King said, gravely, ‘and go on till you come to the end. Then stop.'” — Lewis Carroll, author of “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”
Autumn is filled with potential and new beginnings. I love that about autumn.
When I was in high school, I spent my Augusts planning and shopping for and buying my new school wardrobe. I felt like the school year was a fresh start on fashion, on my adherence to trends, on my popularity. I never worried about my grades, but my self esteem was built on my appearance, driven primarily by my clothes.
Thank goodness my autumns are no longer pressure-packed popularity contests.
Still, August, autumn, the new school year represent beginnings:
- Today is Tyler’s and my first anniversary — the beginning of our second year as a married couple. What kinds of blessings and adversity will we enjoy together in the next year?
- Tonight, we are watching a Chicago Bears preseason football game. New quarterback Jay Cutler represents all kinds of potential for Bears fans.
- Tomorrow is Caswell’s first day of school, his first day at the new high school. Will he live up to his potential?
- Tomorrow afternoon is Caswell’s first football game (he played a little in the sophomore game Friday, but this will be the first freshman game). What will this season bring?
Tyler remarked recently how quickly time passes. I am trying not to let it slip through my fingers by being mindful. (Writing my blog is one way for me to be mindful.) For this adventure in wonderland, we shall begin at the beginning and go on till we come to the end. And then we shall stop.