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Endings and Beginnings (31.12.21)

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We have arrived at the last day of the latest year of our lives. Our second year impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic draws to a close and its contents will soon be confined to the history books.

We stand on the brink of a new year and many of us will reflect upon our journey of the last twelve months, whilst wondering what the next twelve months will bring us.

Some of us will have had loved ones who have completed their physical lives during 2021 and departed this ‘mortal coil’. We will miss their physical presence and feel that sense of loss all those who grieve share.

Others of us will have had new lives come into ours the birth of a child or indeed children. We will wonder what the future holds for them and us. We expect their futures be longer than ours and we wonder what those children will see and experience that we won’t.

Whatever we have encountered in the last twelve months, we can take comfort and strength in knowing we made it through.

Some of us know the loved ones we lost aren’t lost at all. They have returned to the higher side of life from which we all came and to which we all return. We have to adjust and recalibrate our lives to being without their physical presence. No amount of communication or contact from departed loved ones can free us of that burden and it isn’t meant to.

We can take comfort and solace in knowing they’re not gone from us forever and that we will be reunited one day.

We cannot change the past, whatever and whoever we have lost cannot be changed. We must remember we are here and now is our time, not the past, nor the future.

We shouldn’t worry about what our younger generations might experience in the future that we are likely to miss. We cannot live in the future for it is not ours. Today is what we have and all we have.

We can and should take with us the knowledge we gained from past experiences, without forgetting those who helped shape our experiences and are no longer with us.

Worrying about what might happen anytime in the future is futile. Imagining a myriad of possible scenarios then becoming panic-stricken by them will do us more harm than good.

We should strive to focus on what we have, not what we had or what we might have. Freeing ourselves of wishing to change the past and of worrying about what might happen in the future will only be of benefit to us.

Focussing on our ‘now’ and listening more to our ‘inner voice’/ ‘instinct’/ ‘intuition’/ ‘gut feeling’ will help us understand what this life and our part in it is about.

We will always have endings and beginnings for, as The Byrds sang in 1965,
“To everything there is a season
And a time to every purpose, under Heaven”