Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end

Start and Finish line

It was the Roman philosopher Seneca who first said that,

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

As you set off on the journey towards achieving your chosen goal you are likely to feel excited. But at the same time, part of you will probably be experiencing a sense of loss and mourning for what has gone before.

This can happen with new relationships, new jobs, and new homes: before we can move into 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 managing the psychological and emotional ‘transitions’ involved, can be even more important than managing the practical aspects. And in a time of change, everyone you meet with is likely to be experiencing some kind of ending or beginning — sometimes with small impacts, sometimes with large.

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

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

Have you ever started a project, role, or relationship and found yourself pining for what had gone before? Would you like to manage the process better next time, for yourself or someone close to you?


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

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