The Beginning is Most Important

9/3/2016, Bozeman Daily Chronicle- Guest Column by Kelly Pohl

This week, thousands of Bozeman youngsters and their hero teachers began a new school year. Pencils are long and sharp, sneakers are new and shiny, and stomachs flutter with excitement and anticipation.

Watching my daughter happily bound off to her first day of first grade filled me with admiration. Though she didn’t know what the day would bring, she was eager to try something new.

“The beginning,” noted Plato, “is the most important part of any work.” But the problem with beginning anything new is that you don’t always know where it will lead. You cannot be perfectly prepared for something you’ve never done, and trying something new will inevitably be riddled with mistakes and failures. Of course, to grow we must try new things.

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