By Joan Grayson Cohen, Esq., LCSW-C
The point in time or space at which something starts is the dictionary definition of “beginnings.” However, for each individual beginnings offer a different meaning. This meaning can change for an individual many times in their life.
I recently experienced a beginning on July 1st when I assumed my role as Executive Director of Jewish Community Services. Although I have been with the agency for almost 23 years this was still a new beginning for me. As I was transitioning into this role I had the natural questions of what would change for me in my life both at work and at home. Additionally, I experienced the excitement of taking on new challenges and new opportunities. Beginnings can cause us to question ourselves and to become excited. It is also normal to feel anxious about engaging in something new. All of these experiences can make beginnings either something that we embrace or shy away from.
I want to propose that, although beginnings can cause nervousness for many people, they are worth the risk. I believe that beginnings are door openers and create opportunities to:
- Try new things and expanding our horizons
- Reinvent ourselves during different stages of our lives
- Permit “do overs” for things that we wished had gone differently
- Renew ourselves when we have experienced loss
- Meet new meaningful people in our lives
- Feel good about ourselves for accomplishing new goals
With the Jewish New Year just around the corner, the school year just beginning and the fall starting, I think this would be a wonderful time for everyone to consciously think about what new “beginning” you can incorporate in your life this year. And as you do, please think about this wonderful quote from Dave Weinbaum: “The secret to a rich life is to have more beginnings than endings.”
By Joan Grayson Cohen, Esq., LCSW-C, JCS Executive Director
JCS provides a broad range of services that meet the diverse, multi-dimensional needs of individuals and families throughout Central Maryland. We offer guidance and support for emotional well-being, aging and caregiving, parenting, job seeking, employers and businesses, achieving financial stability, living with special needs, and preventing risky behaviors. To learn more, please visit our home page or call 410-466-9200.