Apr 2

To New Beginnings… #AtoZChallenge 2015 @AprilA2Z

‘B is for Beginnings | Positive & Inspired Living A to Z’

In life, there are times when we encounter a huge obstacle in our path. It looks like the end of the road, and we can’t seem to find the strength to move on. It is at precisely these times, when we can no longer think of a reason to continue, that we must think of a reason to start over.

I came across this wonderful quote, which I want to share with all of you. It is a beautiful analogy which makes us look at endings in a new light.


I have come to realize that there is a lot of power in these three words “From now on..”. These three words can release you from your past regrets, and guide you to your new life.

Whenever I feel overwhelmed with worry about the what-ifs and the if-onlys of my past, or feel like I have reached a dead end in my path, these  three words give me great comfort. I write it down on a piece of paper, and visualize my life “From now on..”.

Sometimes it helps to know that most beginnings are disguised as painful endings, and we should just place our trust in the magic of new beginnings.

I would love to hear from you. Was there ever a time in your life when you felt like you hit a roadblock, but you moved on in-spite of it, and found a path full of new opportunities?

Lots of Love


This post is written for the AtoZChallenge2015.



  1. Shantala, I love that caterpillar quote! Thank you for continuing to post such inspirational messages!
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  2. Oh yes! But you know that story already. Sometimes, we just need to face our fears 🙂
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  3. OH many many times have I come across this in life. Have risen well on some occasions, whimpered at others, failed miserably at other times. But learning experiences all the way. Good one, Shantala!
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  4. Yes, many a times, the biggest one when Mom was diagonized with advanced stage of cancer (she came back to life and is our miracle 🙂 I loved those three words. It is life-changing! And one of my favorite quotes is, “Remember, even this will pass away!” I think of that always. Thanks for yet another beautiful post! Will be back tomorrow 🙂
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  5. Oh yes, small road bumps and really big ones… And even moving forward can be hard, and it might go sloooooow, it usually does. “from now on..” – great 🙂
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  6. As a new mother, I have always feared and worried myself to death as to how I am going to cope with taking good care of my baby. I see my mom and wish I could have her by my side always to guide me. But this realization has also pushed me to take one day at a time and not to worry about it. So far so good. 🙂 *Fingers crossed.*

    I like your idea of jotting down the 3 words that have the power to change oceans if we want to. 🙂
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  7. Yes Shantala, it happened many a times that I felt like I was at the dead end. But then again, each time, I made a new beginning 🙂 Lovely post <3
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  8. Inspiring post, Shanaya! yes there have been such moments…and thankfully I held on..now when I look back, all that seems so inconsequential!
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  9. Oh yes, many times actually. And each time I moved on the experience was different too. We live; we learn.
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  10. Fabulous post Shantala! Just my kind – so positive and inspiring.
    To share my personal experience – I began writing when I was 40, suddenly out of the blue, one fine day. I tried publishing my novels for 13 years before I found a publisher who doesn’t pay me royalty despite my book being in the bestseller list. Unfazed, I took to self-publishing. I have four more ebooks to my name and I must say that have been in and out of the Bestsellers list on Amazon throughout the year. Now, I am as free as a butterfly 😀

  11. Its a beautiful quote, and its also my favourite, there have been many times when I felt, everything has come to end, but thanks to a lot of people in my life; who have encouraged and helped me to hang on and keep moving for there always light at the end of the tunnel… thank you for sharing
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  12. One of my favourite quotes, S!
    Yes, I’ve encountered several roadblocks. Only in retrospect, I’d rather call them stepping stones! 🙂
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  13. Life is all about up’s n down’s , all we have to do is enjoy the ride. Really loved the post ! inspiring 🙂 keep writing 🙂

  14. Many times, but then that’s how it is, isn’t it? This post is really inspiring, Shantala. What gets me through when I hit a roadblock is “Where there is a will, there is a way”. I try to focus on the will part, and the rest shall be alright. 🙂
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  15. A very Inspiring Quote! And yes all of us come across a roadblock a lot of times in Life. And we have to remind ourselves that life doesn’t end here. We have to stand again on our feet. Very tough and gruelling. But makes you learn the biggest answers of life! Thanks for sharing!
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  16. Great inspirational post Shantala. I loved that caterpillar quote and it reminds me that the best is yet to come.
    Thanks for bringing smiles 🙂
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  17. Very well written. Some time or the other we all experience such situations. At such times your inspiring words will help.

  18. I have faced them many times. And over the years I have come to believe that these events are opportunities for spiritual growth. Love the butterfly quote and the From now on truly has power. Very nicely done.
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  19. What a beautiful quote and so true! The thing is we often understand this only in retrospect. A great post.
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  20. Many, many times. There have been days when I felt like giving up but something keeps me going 🙂 What a beautiful quote there, Shantala. This is my first time on your blog and I love it already 🙂
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  21. ‘From now on’ – it really holds a lot of promise, I feel. And, it also brings about a positivity in our attitude, and hope, for a better future.
    Well written, Shantala!
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  22. Sulekha says:

    Shantala, I agree with you completely. I had written a post on the same lines some time last year, have a look if you can, it’s title is Fog of Fear. I like the sound of From Now On… lovely inspirational post.

  23. Sulekha says:

    A lovely inspirational post. I like the sound of From Now on…a post I’d written a couple of years back, Fog of Fear, is along the same lines. Good to read about the power of positivity 🙂

  24. I liked, “From now on…” It is filled with so many hopes and new beginnings and is very much needed when we want to break from the past or mistakes. Liked this inspirational post, Shantala 🙂
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  25. Such a wonderful, motivating post, Shantala! I loved the quote and also your mantra of the three magical words. Indeed, it is put to us to look for the good even in our failures and believe that if it has not been good so far, it can only get better from now on.
    Thank you for the lovely post and all the best for the remaining challenge!
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  26. Meghana says:

    B is for Brilliant Shantala…this is really a very inspiring post…Liked your strategy of visualising life “From now on”. Keep writing..:-)

  27. there have been many times when I have give up hope… but I am extremely grateful for being gifted with an incredibly supporting family. They are my pillars, always pulling me from the rock bottom 🙂
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  28. A great quote, Shantala. For me, it’s about staying the course and waiting for the rainbow when the clouds part. Sometimes there’s just clear blue sky – and that’s good too. 🙂
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  29. That’s a wonderful post Shantala. The quote could not be more true.

    There have been so many instances in my life where I been pushed down and yet I gathered the strength to rise again. This post of yours makes me feel proud about myself 🙂
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  30. When we face a roadblock or fall over, it’s important to get up, dust ourselves and start again. Have done it before and most likely, will do it again. There is a quote I love about beginnings: “Although no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start now and make a brand new ending”. So you see, beginnings never end! 😀

    Nice post!
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  31. Whatever happens moveon with life… this is my mantra when time is rough. And l love that caterpillar quote.
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  32. Anonymous says:

    Yes, many times. I just recently started all over again after self-publishing my book and realizing I have no one to help me market it… and thus no readers! but as you say, trust. trust in your abilities and the Divine is what makes you embark on that new beginning yet again. Cheers!

  33. Yes, many times. I just recently started all over again after self-publishing my book and realizing I have no one to help me market it… and thus no readers! but as you say, trust. trust in your abilities and the Divine is what makes you embark on that new beginning yet again. Cheers!

  34. Very true, Shanaya! I also believe a quote very similar to this one :

    “Everything will be okay in the end. If it is not okay, it is not the end. ” 🙂

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  35. Hi Shantala, my life has been full of new beginnings, but often in unconventional ways. I spent a long time feeling in a place of ‘no-thingness’ where my life felt like nothing was moving, but everything was moving underneath the realms of my conscious awareness. I sometimes feel that we go through periods of gestation where we need the apparent lack of movement or ‘stuckness’ to give us the energy and readiness for that new beginning, My new beginning started in October last year and my blossoming has begun. Prior to that I was in a void of dark, but not in a bad way, in a very good way, gestating the new. Much like the caterpillar.
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  36. I relate to this quote more than anyone here coz I’ve overcome a lot of roadblocks. Every time I think it is the end of life something magical happens and pushes me forward to something absolutely unexpected and exciting! Short, sweet and beautifully written post Shantala.

  37. Wow..!! Loved reading the post.. and quote is truly amazing! My mantra for the problems from now on will be “From now on..” 🙂 😛
    You’re one amazing writer!
    Looking forward to read more

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  38. Beautifully written and very motivating. I must try to remember the quote for all the times when being positive takes superhuman effort….

  39. I love that quote. Having children makes it impossible to give up. You have to keep going no matter what happens to set you back or drag you down.

  40. That was really inspiring! “From now on…” I will remember these three magical words! 🙂

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  41. Great Quote & Inspirational article..!! I liked your idea of writing down & visualizing life from now on..!! 🙂
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  42. Hi Shantala,
    I believe Life is measured in phases, so end and beginning is the part of the cycle. I’m much of a chronic over-thinker, I had to tough time overcoming the ‘What ifs’ and I’ll remember your advice: ‘From now on’
    Thankyou so much!
    I am hoping your D is to be Destiny or related 😀
    I am looking forward, as always
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  43. FROM NOW ON… very powerful, loved the post and it is so very true! #Blogging from A-Z swinging by to meet and greet. I am 471 and 472 in the long list, with MOVIES & What’s in a NAME Hope you swing by to 4covert2overt and Defining Ways. Hope to meet up everywhere @M_C_V_Egan
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  44. That was interesting and thoughtful, thanks for sharing!

  45. Love the quote. Yes, I’ve been through a few roadblocks in my life, but managed to start fresh and move on to something new. I post a bit of personal essays on my blog, so a few of those will be mentioned there. I am currently 520 on the A to Z Challenge List.
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  46. Hello Shanaya,
    Visiting your blog from the A to Z Challenge and glad I did.
    I guess the obstacles of life are what that makes life interesting .


  47. A most wonderful quote: love it! 🙂 <3

  48. …Oops! I didn’t finish my comments….the only thing that I can think of is regarding my recent move. I SO resisted the thought of moving, fighting the idea for about two weeks at least, perhaps four and then decided to be(come) pro-active and search for a new place (just in case as I didn’t necessarily have to leave, pending the new homeowner(s). And there was at least one new beginning for me as a result: my new home which in many ways is a betterment of my previous one! 😉 <3
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  49. A great quote to live by. Life always has a plan B.
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  50. I love that quote! Truly,” from now on..” does have the power to reposition your attitude towards your life. Funnily enough, I’d always use this phrase as an excuse to escape my parents’ wrath after each result :-p
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  51. Roadblock? Several times!!
    I just convince myself something good is waiting on the other side. I like it when I am proved right! 🙂
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