The first word of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali is atha. Literally this word means "now." But it means much more than that. It is a mantric word to invoke the Grace of divinity. In the Indian tradition and many other traditions around the world, one does not start anything without saying something to invoke the Divine presence. So, in India, one would often write an Om at the top of a letter one is starting, or might begin any activity with a prayer. Atha is a word like Om; like a prayer.
There is a lesson in this for all of us: At the start of any activity, especially an important one, we can take a moment to tune into our deeper Self and bring that presence into our actions. By so doing, we may find that unimagined help comes to us in our endeavor. At the very least, we are paying obeisance to That which is greater than our puny ego, and inviting that presence to accompany us on our journey. It's a nice way to begin anything.