Friday, January 1

Small Beginnings

Samuel Pepys recorded the first entry in his famous diary on this day in 1660: “This morning (we lying lately in the garret) I rose, put on my suit with great skirts, having not lately worn any other clothes but them.” It was an inauspicious start to what would become a monumental undertaking.

Pepys an accomplished Member of Parliament and Chief Secretary to the Admiralty under both King Charles II and King James II. But, he is best known for his private diary in which he offered eyewitness accounts of such great events as the Restoration Plague, the Second Dutch War, and the Great Fire of London--in addition to the odd details of his everyday life.

His seemingly mundane first entry 350 years ago, provides us with a wonderful reminder for us to never "despise the day of small beginnings."

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