I choose to be unbreakable.
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I complete me.
The end of May brought many endings in my life. My oldest son ended the pursuit of his bachelor’s degree, I ended my pursuit of my Master’s degree; my daughter ended her pursuit of her high school diploma; I said goodbye to my childhood home, and I closed my hypnosis office. In their right, these endings were filled with emotion and uncertainty. However, with endings also come beginnings.
My son is now a college graduate, beginning his journey into adulthood. My daughter is starting the next phase of her life and is thinking of joining the Navy Reserves to help pay her way through college. I have begun working on my dissertation. I also said hello to my new home, which has an office perfect for my hypnosis practice. These next steps are scary, they are new, and I am not sure how it will all play out. What I do know is that I am excited for the opportunities I have been given.
The endings and beginnings I mention above are all happy endings and new adventures but what happens when they are not all so happy? Back in 2006 my car was repossessed because I could not afford to make my payments. A little over two years ago, I lost my mom to suicide. Last May we put one of our dogs to sleep. Today, an installer who came to our house to set up the internet told us how he just lost his daughter two months ago, she was to graduate next year.
Although they were tough, these endings also signaled new beginnings. They were each an opportunity to regroup, to look at things with a fresh perspective, to pick myself up by the bootstraps and put one foot in front of the other. Afterall, the sun keeps turning and the Universe keeps manifesting despite our struggles.
Romans 12:2 (ESV) “Do not be conformed to this world,but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”
Wow! What a beautiful passage. We are reminded to not place too much stock in material possessions, to not hold on too tightly to what we perceive is rightfully ours. Rather, be re-energized by the changes and transitions. Look at life from a different perspective. Look for the blessings in each ending and look for the opportunity in each beginning. Most importantly, remember that everything happens for a reason, and nothing is by chance.
I challenge you to take a moment and look back on your most difficult hardship, your toughest ending. How would your life have evolved if that door did not close? This is not an easy assignment, and it can be painful to relive those memories so do this when you have some time to yourself. After you have revisited how your life was then, think about how it is now. What joys and blessings do you have now that you would not have had without that transition or ending?
I’ll go first. When my mom died, my world was tossed into chaos. A part of me died the day I got that call. Without her death, however, I would not have pursued my passion for hypnosis nor would I be writing about new beginnings today. Had I not lost my car in 2006, I would not have purchased the Impala that my daughter now owns and uses to get her to and from school while I am out of town. Losing Duke meant he was no longer in pain and we were able to open our home to a new rescue named Ghost.
Your turn. Find the blessings in the form of beginnings the Universe has given you. Honor the past, but do not let it define you. Let it be so, and so it is.