Subject: Begin Again
Welcome to Celebrating the Journey!
Friday, July 12, 2002
Issue #99


1. Welcome Notes
2. Insanity Is…
3. Coaching: Begin Again
5. Celebrating Out Loud!
6. Humor: Kids Say the Darndest Things

1. Welcome Notes

I am sitting on my patio in the hot Colorado sun,
back home for a couple of weeks after a marvelous
summer adventure. I am moving to Santa Cruz,
California in early September, and my house here is
filling with moving boxes and piles for the Thrift
Shop. I welcome any tips you have on making a
move easier. They’ll serve me, and I can pass them
on to our readers. Send those ideas to

Next week will be the 100th issue of Celebrating the
Journey. A marvelous milestone. I’d love to hear
our readers’ ideas on how to mark this event. How
do you honor milestones in your life? What would
you like to see in this 100th issue of CTJ? Any
favorite quotes you’d like to share with your fellow
readers? Let us know at

That celebratory 100th issue is a very special place to
share your own celebrations with our CTJ family:
bikes, anniversaries, graduations, marriages, kids,
four-leaf clovers, you get the idea. We all benefit
when celebrations of any kind are shared. Celebrate
with us at

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2. Insanity Is…

My favorite definition of insanity is: continuing to
do the same thing over and over again expecting
the results to be different.

We all know what it feels like to set a goal, move
towards it, hit an obstacle (that familiar brick wall),
back up and run at the wall harder. And harder.
And faster. And harder. And faster.

And what we get is battered and bruised. And the
wall remains undamaged, the goal unreached.

We get stuck in the rut of what we’re comfortable
with, what is familiar, what we know. We back up
to that same starting place and run at the obstacle
one more time. With the same results.

Which makes us all a wee bit insane.

3. Coaching: Begin Again

And frustrated. And stuck. And too often we give
up because it’s just too painful to run at that brick
wall one more time. Or we decide not to reach for
anything until we know there aren’t any brick walls
in the way.

What might happen if we believed that brick wall
was there for a reason; that it had a message for us
rather than being something to batter down? What
might open up if, instead of backing up and
running at the wall again, we stopped and looked at
it closely to see what information it might have for
us. And then we walked to a different starting

One of my moving meditation teachers uses the
phrase, “Begin again; begin again; begin again,”
when his students’ dance is coming from their head
rather than their heart. He walks around the room,
whispering into ears, “Begin again; begin again;
begin again.”

His words are our path to sanity: begin again. He
doesn’t say, “Do it again.” He says, “Begin again.”
Begin in a different place, with a different
perspective; use a different tool or a different
model; ask for help or create a team; do some
research or ask a different question. Do some thing

Begin again rather than doing it over. The brick
wall bruises will fade away, and you will discover
that life can be much less painful than we thought.


Perplexity is the beginning of knowledge.
Kahlil Gibran

If we wait for the moment when everything,
absolutely everything, is ready, we shall never
Ivan Turgenev

For a long time it had seemed to me that life was
about to begin – real life. But there was always some
obstacle in the way, something to be gotten through
first, some unfinished business, time to be served, a
debt to be paid. Then life would begin. One day it
dawned on me that these obstacles were my life.
Alfred D. Souza

If I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely
acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have
it at the beginning.
Mahatma Gandhi

5. Celebrating Out Loud

“A joy that’s shared is a joy made double.” English

Margaret Ost celebrates the purchase of her first bike
since college. She lives in Manhattan and loves
having folks say, “Nice bike!” as she peddles by.
You go, girl! Share your bike stories with Margaret

Patty Scott celebrates – out loud – her 40th birthday
and the gift from her husband and daughter of a
birdwatching adventure in Kenya. What a fabulous
gift! She leaves July 19. Let us know how it goes,
Patty. Fellow birders can reach Patty at

June 17: Ruth Zanes celebrated her 32nd
anniversary with husband George. She writes, “I’m
his third wife, he’s my second husband, and nobody
thought it would last. Well maybe practice makes
perfect. The relationship just gets better all the
time. What a joy!” Share your joy with Ruth at

Share your celebrations – big or small – with us at

6. Humor: Kids Say the Darndest Things

These come from my sister Barb. Ah, those kids!

A small boy is sent to bed by his father. Five
minutes later….
“I’m thirsty. Can you bring drink of water?”
“No. You had your chance. Lights out.”
Five minutes later: “Da-aaaad…..”
“I’m THIRSTY. Can I have a drink of water??”
“I told you NO!” If you ask again, I’ll have to spank
Five minutes later……”Daaaa-aaaad…..”
“When you come in to spank me, can you bring a
drink of water?”

An exasperated mother, whose son was always
getting into mischief, finally asked him, “How do
you expect to get into Heaven?”

The boy thought it over and said, “Well, I’ll run in
and out and in and out and keep slamming the
door until St. Peter says, ‘For Heaven’s sake, Dylan,
come in or stay out!'”

Give yourself the gift of beginning again this

Namaste, Margo

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Albert Schweitzer

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