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''The Incomplete Begun, Part 2''

If you recall, last week's inspiration was a wake-up call for those who tend to begin but not finish what they start. It was also a bit of a challenge to those inclined to add their own verses to aid its completion. First a recap:
The Incomplete Begun

a million irons in the fire
a million things half-done
the list gets longer every day
the incomplete begun

so many new things to explore
that tug this way and that
not long enough to see them through
the incomplete begun

it always starts off with a bang
but then excitement wanes
you're off again to seek new thrills
the incomplete begun

i know the feeling well, my friend
I've travelled that road too
but here's the trick I used to end
my incomplete begun

first I--

So that's where it ended. And now, here are some of the best responses from members of our mailing list all with valuable tips and laments on their own incomplete begun!, And now,


Hi Walt;

I enjoy your newsletter very much. I have never written to you before but I could not resist your invite:

My advice/solution to overcoming incomplete beginnings is: To enjoy the true beauty is in the journey. It is continual, with no set starting points. We step aboard wherever we are and we can change directions as needed. Life is an ever-changing adventure. Age, race and gender does not matter, everybody travels their own way, at their own pace and time. We each have our own methods. Some race through life while others take things slower. There is no right or wrong, only whether it works or not. No one can define the process, which works for us. When we arrive at the crossroads of our own truth, we become more aware of where we have been and where we desire to go. Until we get to that point, why not enjoy the ride anyway? (taken from article printed in Premyeir.com)

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This one hit so home, its not even funny.
So, please, finish this inspiration -
I have got to finish SOMETHING!! > I am getting on my own nerves!!

first I prioritized my 'to do' lists
to find what was really big
giving each task a long hard look
the incomplete begun

I consolidated all the tasks
and deleted what no longer mattered
a new list is what I needed
the incomplete begun

And once I had my new list ready
I stopped procrastinating
I stopped thinking
"but what if this....or what if that..."
I stopped creating (or imagining) any blockade
to achieving the goal I am striving for
It's time to get to work

so my incomplete begun
and soon I will be reporting back to you
how much of my incomplete is done!
(finally found a rhyme at the end)
thanks for the 'homework'


I write three columns labled A, B, C,
then list my things to do in priority.
Let my conscience guide my choice,
while listening to my inner voice.

I handle tasks like a performing plate spinner,
concentrate on each project equally a winner.
Keeping all things in perspective.
helps me achieve my set objective.

Walt, great topic.


As I read your "Incomplete Begun" I started to chuckle. I just couldn't help it. Once again you picked me out of the crowd. You see, I'm a software engineer and on my spare time I write software for my own use and knowledge; you know to keep the blades sharp. Most of the time, when I write some code, I almost never get back to finishing it before I come up with a new idea or deciding that I have something new to learn. My wake up came when you [virtually] walked away at the end.

Here's my attempt at finishing your thought...

first I sit back and think
at the end of the day
was it all a waste of time
was it really thrown away


first I think is this one too for naught
then a new idea comes to mind
and once again my latest thought
an incomplete begun

Enjoy, and thanks for all that you do!

Dear Walt,
I hope you like my response. I finished your poem for you. You'll find it below. This is definitely one for the record books. I and so many others close to me struggle with this dilemma. I think I'm going to follow my own advice and find out what has worked for me in the past (before I got bored and moved on) and begin doing it again & STICK to it. This was a very clever inspiration. Hats off to you for all the good work you are doing. Sometimes all I have is your inspirations to keep me going. See you in NY in November! Keep up the GREAT work & may God bless you.
first I--Take the time to think about all my accomplishments
and remember what I started in the past before
my incomplete begun

Then I make a plan of action to begin again where
my incomplete begun

And with that, my friends,
we've done what seemed a monumental feat
with words of help from all
what was begun is now complete!

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Walt's Life Rhyme #260
(The Incomplete Begun, Part 2)
© Walt F.J. Goodridge
Originally published: 09-20-2002
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