Beginnings often frighten us because they seem to be like lonely voyages into the unknown. yet, in truth, no beginning is empty or isolated. Wee seem to think that beginning is setting forth from a lonely point along some line of direction into the unknown. This is not the case. Shelter and energy come alive when the beginning is embraced. Goethe says that once the commitment is made, destiny conspires with us to support and realize it. We are never as alone in our beginnings as it mighty seem at the time. A beginning is ultimately an invitation to open toward the gifts and growth that are stored up for us. To refuse to begin can be an act of great self-neglect.