T.S. Eliot wrote “What we call the beginning is often the end. And to make an end is to make a beginning. The end is where we start from.”
Based on this one quote I would say T.S. Eliot was a clark (go to the Wakefield Doctrine, the theory of clarks, scotts and rogers) which is probably why I like this particular quote. At first glance it reads rather confusing until you take a half step back and think about it.
So where should I begin tonight? The beginning or the end? Doesn’t matter does it? Let’s take it from the top – “Can you be on the edge of a circle”? Yes, yes you can. For those who would believe life is cyclical, circular, somehow having a beginning whose end reflects the beginning, I ask how is it that there are no sharp edges to circles and yet life is filled with sharp edges. Be honest with me…..WHO CARES! Such thoughts are challenging to discuss on a philisophical level…..IF YOU ARE IN COLLEGE IN THE 70’s!
But it’s 2011 and if you are trying to figure out that one now (speaking to the Dazed and Confused crowd), then my friend(s), you are in a heap o trouble. All those out there who are successful, happy and content with where they are “in life” congrats. For those of us who may have been on that particular road but found themselves in a 50 car pileup, fatalities pending, then maybe you have come to the right place. Time will tell. I am at a beginning place again as foreign as that sounds to my own ears but it is true. Surely I have plenty of company. There are many people who “re-invent” themselves so I am told. Hmph. So what this really is, is an opportunity. “Oh, it may not seem that way now Ms. Girlieontheedge, but I assure you, it is”. Uh, sure….
Seeing as I have no guarantee that I will wake up in the morning on any given day, I feel the pull/push/tug/drag of a personal challenge. A challenge to engage in a creative process. To find out if there is anything left of the creative in my scrambled egglike brain. I will not deny that I have a (former) propensity to “think too much” or “over analyze and dramatize”, to extrapolate situations until they are like taffy that has been pulled way too long. Having said that, think I’ll head down to the boardwalk…