Endings are considered the finish, closing, conclusion and resolution of something. It can be a period of time, a book or movie, and activities. So, when what you’re doing lifts you up, brings you joy and entertainment, stimulation and growth, connection, satisfaction and fulfillment, endings can stir feelings of sadness.
“Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.Seneca
Not surprising! Why wouldn’t we want pleasurable things to continue as they are, indefinitely? Let’s keep the good times, and good feelings, rolling baby!
As much as it pains me to welcome or accept the ending of something that is precious and wonderful in my life, I’ve learned to embrace it. Something isn’t “special” because it lasts forever. It’s special because it won’t last forever, and we shouldn’t take it for granted! The sweetness in life encourages us to seek that which is wholesome and good and brings joy for everyone involved.
I now understand that for every bittersweet ending, like your child leaving home for university studies (my current life-situation), it’s also the beginning of an exciting new chapter in their life. Yes, the family dynamics are forever changed, and yes, the close daily connection you’ve known for 18 years is now stretched across time and space, and yes, it feels as though a piece of your heart has been ripped out, and yet the ever-dependable heart will find a way to carry-on and continue to beat strong and sure and unyielding.
“The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy that to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.Christopher McCandless
Endings may be leaving a comfortable, old job, saying goodbye to a friend that’s moving away, a husband or wife deploying for military service, but the truth is all endings usher in opportunities for new adventures, new discoveries, new experiences, and new memories.
Something isn’t “special” because it lasts forever. It’s made special because it doesn’t and shouldn’t be taken for granted!
Yes, I realize that the good things in my life may come to an end, but the ending makes room for bigger things and new joys. I find comfort in my faith that I’m exactly where I’m supposed to be, and so I greet my future with enthusiasm and the confidence that I’m moving towards my highest potential. Please, join me! Be brave, and surrender to where you are today, and believe with all your heart that your uninvited endings are also beautiful new beginnings. Onward and upward my friends ❤
Keep it Simple,