Monday’s Meditation: On Endings and Beginnings
Today is the Jewish new year, and if that’s not your bowl of Trix, then it’s Monday. Both, as it turns out, qualify as beginnings; the end of one year, the start of a new one. The end of an old week, the beginning of a fresh one.
There is an awesome power in this imaginary division line of time.
Life is change. It is changing. It is growing and learning to be in a different way than you were previously. And there is no more useful tool available for you than the marker line: here ends one phase. Here begins another.
Without such boundaries, we might simply coast on, without any imposed, purposeful opportunities to change.
But endings and beginnings allow us to evaluate ourselves: I see I have been this way. I realize I have been using these tactics. I recognize I have been engaged in this process. And then: I now pledge to be this way, instead. I aim to use these tactics. I desire a different process.
Our lives become defined by these divisions in time. But mostly they have been imposed upon us- the naturally occurring beginnings and endings of a year or a life. And while those are valid, so, too, are any endings and beginnings you create for yourself.
It doesn’t have to be new year’s before you decide to make resolutions, to go to the gym every day, call your granny on the regular, act a certain way in business and family life. You may draw that division line whenever you choose. And it will be real because you believe it is.
Every moment is an opportunity to start fresh. Every ending opens the door to a whole new way of being, of believing, of acting, of speaking. And every beginning is the gift of being able to do it better, more graciously, more patiently, more maturely, with more goodness, kindness, and intention than you did it before.
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