Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end

Start and Finish line

It was the Roman philosopher Seneca who said,

“Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.”

As you start out on the journey to achieve your chosen goal, you are likely to feel excitement. But at the same time, part of you is likely to be experiencing a sense of loss and mourning for what has gone before, especially if it didn’t turn out the way you wanted it.

This can happen with relationships, jobs, and homes: before we can move on to life as it is going to be we first have to let go of life as it used to be.

Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.

Being aware of this and knowing how to take care of the psychological and emotional ‘transitions‘ that are involved is often more important than managing the practical changes. And in a time of change, everyone you meet is likely to be experiencing some kind of transition — an ending or beginning, sometimes large, sometimes small.

Being aware of this is the first step to managing it better, both for yourself and the people around you.

Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.

Have you ever started out on a new role, project, or relationship only to find yourself pining for what had gone before? Would you like to manage this process better next time, either for yourself or the people who matter to you?


Adapted from Inner Leadership: a framework and tools for building inspiration in times of change.

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