As this year comes to a close, I’m reminded of one of my favorite quotes, which is attributed to Ivy Baker Priest.
“The world is round, and the place which may seem like the end may also be the beginning.”
Endings may creep up on us or slap us in the face, whisper quietly or scream obnoxiously in our ears. Whether they seep into our hearts slowly or cause our bloodstreams to gush with pain or joy, each of them is a dichotomy of light and dark, exactly like us. Where one ends and the other begins doesn’t always have a mile marker or a time clock to measure the moment.
As a child, and especially as a teenager, my entire world crashed and burned or exploded into bits countless times. I remember thinking I would literally die because I wasn’t allowed to attend a certain party or do this or that. There were events and moments I was denied which I believed would tragically alter the course of my life forever. I’m almost positive that didn’t happen.
Through the years I’ve come to understand that endings aren’t inherently bad and beginnings aren’t inherently good. They simply are what they are and very much a part of each other. Both are steps on our personal journeys, our own red roads.
Today our calendars mark the end of 2017, the good, the evil, the beautiful and the ugly. Some of us will make resolutions and acknowledge goals. Mine haven’t changed since I wrote the following manifesto. That fact doesn’t mean I’ve failed, and neither have you if you find yourself making the same resolutions again. Repeating the same goals bears witness to their personal importance.
Peace, Love and Happy New Year!