The beginnings of all things are small

I love firsts. First conversations with someone you’ve just met. First kisses. First time holding a newborn baby. First times in a new place.

And first lines of a book are always, always part of my decision to read forward.

Part of my job is talking to people who think Brains on Fire might be a good for fit for their organization’s dreams and goals. It’s a fascinating way to make a living, really. I adore it. Because each day offers the possibility that something new and wonderful is about to begin in the world.

“The beginnings of all things are small,” a quote from Cicero, is one of my all-time favorites.  I stumbled upon it online this morning. Just a random stumble that stopped me in my tracks.

Each email we get could be the start of something. Each phone call. Each conversation. That’s the beauty and the madness of this world we live in. I lose sight of that fact sometimes in the day-to-day routine of my life. But I am glad I got this reminder today. It prompted me to reflect on the small beginnings that have changed the course of my life, both personally and professionally.

So, my advice is simple today: Pay attention to all of it.

Every detail of your life might be the beginning of something really, really amazing. All the great work we’ve had the honor of being a part of began with one phone call, one conversation, one email. Every new relationship in your life begins small.

Ask yourself often; am I paying attention?

Am I eyes wide-open to what each first in my life is telling me?

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