As we come to the end of another calendar year, we say good-bye to the old year and hello to the new year. I started thinking about endings and beginnings.
So often when something ends, we think of it as a negative.
- A friend or family member dies. It is hard to see the death of a loved one as a positive. But if that person was in excruciating pain and had no quality of life, you would not wish for them to continue to exist in such a state. Any truly compassionate person would not.
- A career ends. If you have ever been fired or told that your job will no longer exist in a year, it feels like a major ending. Retirement can feel just as scary as losing ones job. All the time and effort you had put into this job, this career is done. Yet here is the chance for you to do something new. Would you have taken this leap without the old career/job ending?
- A relationship ends. Sometimes this is a friendship, sometimes this is a professional mentor ship, a dating relationship, and/or marriage. Not everyone we know will be in our lives forever. There was a study done that said regardless of the 10,000 friends one has on Facebook, a human being can only have a finite number of friendships that they can maintain and build. The biggest reason for this was the limitation of time. People move away, move on and/or no longer relate to each other. The positive is that you have memories, knowledge, experience, life lessons and so much more from knowing that particular person. We gain so much from the people around us.
- A season ends. After winter there is spring. April Showers bring May flowers. The rainbow after the storm. There is a time and place for everything. If you choose to, you can see the beauty surrounding you no matter what season you are in.
- A specific time passes or ends. There are very specific times in which we move on to the next level. One graduates from high school, college, graduate school, etc. Classes end. Training ends and you finished the race. The series of books you have been reading for years comes to an end. These are mile stones of growth and experience. Embrace and enjoy them.
- New leadership takes over. One may not agree with the person in charge (I am specifically thinking of a local museum), but if you don’t give them a chance to make positive changes…. you do not hurt them, you hurt yourself by not embracing change and seeing possibility. And yes, they may prove that your feelings about them were right. But when you carry anger, hurt, or ill will, once again it does not hurt the other person, it hurts you.
The reality is that there are endings. And just as certain, for every ending there is a new beginning. What will you do with your new opportunities? What possibilities will open for you? Imagine what can happen if you embrace the change of a beginning instead of clinging to the ending. My wish for you is many new opportunities, possibilities, and beginnings.