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Posted by on Jun 9, 2013 in Elevate, Empower, Family, Inspiration, Soul Food | 0 comments

End. Begin. Repeat.

End. Begin. Repeat.

Some may look at that sequence and think, she’s got it backwards. I assure you, I do not. I know this because for a very, very long time, I did. There was a lot of beginning, but not a lot of ending. How does that work, exactly?

My oldest son is graduating from High School tomorrow. This whole week, month, year has been spent wrapping up what feels like a lifetime of his formal primary education. Tests, surveys, exit projects, exams, final paperwork. Endings. When I look back at all the steps he’s taken this year, and the steps I have taken with|for him, there is clearly a pattern. End, begin. Close one door in order to walk through the next. He is moving toward the next huge phase of his life. So many lessons have been learned. He has the tools he needs, all tucked away inside of himself. There is nothing weighing him down or holding him back.

It is the cycle of life. You stop being a child when you choose to become an adult. You stop being single when you choose to be a partner. You stop being selfish when you choose to be a parent. End. Begin. So it is with the life choices we make for ourself. Through friendships we outgrow, relationships that don’t serve us, soul crushing careers choices, failures we endure, heartbreaks & heartaches {totally different}… if we do not take the time to end those periods of our life, we are not capable of offering our whole self to what we are meant to begin. When we hang on to parts of the past that we couldn’t carry in that present, how on earth are we to move forward with the speed, agility, clarity, intention, attention for our new choices? We can’t. No more than we can put our car in reverse and drive at the same time. It just doesn’t work.

Let it go. Say goodbye. Take the survey. Wrap it up. Move forward with all the tools you need tucked away inside of you. Begin.