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 new vision you are likely to feel excited. But at the same time, part of you is likely to be experiencing a sense of loss and mourning for what has gone before.

This can happen with new relationships, new jobs, and moving home. 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 these inner emotional ‘transitions’ can turn out to be even more important than managing the outer operational implementations.

And in a time of change, anyone you work with might be experiencing these endings and beginnings in different ways: sometimes with a small impact and sometimes large.

The first step to managing this better is to realise that it is happening. For you, and all the people around you.

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

Have you ever started a new project, role, or relationship but 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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And as a footnote, here’s Semisonic’s take:

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