Beginnings

C.S.Lewis said, “With the possible exception of the equator, everything begins somewhere.”  Of course, this is true, but the beginning can be so intimidating.  Especially when we create a beginning.  A beginning that others don’t know existed.  A beginning that is just an annoying “what if” in the back of your consciousness.

“When Thomas Edison worked late into the night on the electric light, he had to do it by gas lamp or candle. I’m sure it made the work seem that much more urgent.” (George Carlin)  I can imagine him sitting there in a dark shed, twisting wires and soldering little metal pieces together, squinting by a small dripping candle.  (The drippier the candle, the more nostalgic the picture)  What do you think Thomas Edison was thinking as he whiled away?  How do you think Thomas Edison answered the question, “What are you doing these days?”

Oh, I don’t even pretend to think I will accomplish what Thomas Edison did, but I do have dreams.  Dreams that are annoying “What if’s.”  Don’t we all?  I love the encouraging picture of good ol’ Thomas sitting with glass and metal, giving definition to what never was.

May your “What if’s” annoy you today.  May they grow and grow, until the weight of them causes you to give them wings.

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