SONY DSCI’m not a master gardener. There have been too many catastrophes this season (don’t mention the squash) to even aspire to mastery. Yet I’ve created some gardens that are productive and I dare say beautiful. And never with a plan in mind. I dig the first bed and plant the first plant. I begin. The first stroke begets another and I’m on my way. As we Alexander Teachers approach a lesson, approach a student. there is no grand plan, no end in mind. We begin. Our hands come on and they ask a question. What here? What if? And the answer begets another question, another place where the hands may alight. That’s why our work is a technique, an art, a skill. Today as you begin your work, whatever that might be, begin it and never fear the consequences. It’s the art within the art that we teach.