Painting by Belynda Wilson Thomas

The best time for new beginnings, is now. Unknown

Yesterday my husband and I were watching an uplifting TV show. One woman built a cupcake business with the last five dollars she had, and the order for cupcakes from her neighbor across the street.

A woman lost 200 lbs in eighteen months and became fit and active after living her entire life overweight.

A man at seventy was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and started painting fourteen years ago. He wanted to be an artist but his dean told him anybody could spit on a canvas and call it modern art. He calls himself The Parkinson Painter and his work sells upwards of $20,000. He’s also written a book, “Spit on A Canvas: The Journey of a Parkinson’s Painter,” by Norman Greenstein. He got a new lease on life when he took up painting. He could have thought what can I do, I have Parkinson’s. Instead, he says, “I only have Parkinson’s.” His message is simple: don’t give up – do what you can, and then do more.

There are inspiring stories everywhere of people taking their life in their hands and doing what they can. There are so many heartbreaking stories out there but aren’t we all inspired when people turn heartbreak into something good. They turn their scars into stars, what could keep them down they find a way to use to boost themselves up.

He didn’t start painting thinking he could sell his paintings for $20,000.00 he might not have thought any would ever sell. The woman with the cupcakes didn’t know the order from her neighbor was the beginning of an empire. The woman who lost 200 pounds didn’t know where her journey would take her and is looking forward to what the future brings.

The beginning of a New Year is a great time to start something new and set some goals. Often big accomplishments don’t start with a big goal; they start with a small decision and making a change in a new direction. Small steps lead to big things. We don’t need to know if picking up a paintbrush, lacing up our runners, or singing in a choir will take us somewhere. If we have something we have longed to do, something calling our name, some adventure we want to take, we can start where we are, take small steps, and see where it leads.

And suddenly you know: It’s time to start something new and trust the magic of beginnings. Meister Eckhart

When we see someone trying something maybe we can place one of the first orders that boost them toward success. It isn’t about selling a painting for $20,000.00 although that is nice, it’s about painting and finding the joy in life. We are now hearing about Norman Greenstein and his success but he’s been painting for fourteen years. The cupcake business has been going for thirteen years. Where can we be if we put ten, fifteen, or twenty years into something?

And now we welcome the new year, full of things that have never been. Rainer Maria Rilke

Change can be scary, but you know what’s scarier? Allowing fear to stop you from growing, evolving, and progressing. Mandy Hale

Man is never alone. Acknowledged or unacknowledged, that which dreams through him is always there to support him from within. Laurens van des Post

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