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  1. Megalodon

    “When one door closes, another one opens.”
    Graduating from high school led to college. College led to a job.
    When the job was done, there was grad school. That one, the closing door hit me in the face! Still, that led to other beginnings and endings.
    But I got so much from each transition. Even the hard ones taught me valuable lessons.

    9 months ago
  2. Charlie T

    By thinking about all the cycles in my life. The ups and downs. And by being grateful, even for moments of crises.

    10 months ago
  3. Malag

    They are?

    10 months ago
  4. Don Jones

    When a bird emerges from its egg, is that the egg becoming realized or just an ending?

    10 months ago
  5. d
    db82258

    When one door closes, another opens. Because of the guiding influence in my life, I am feeling peaceful and happy, going with the word for today, “this is a wonderful day”.

    Many Warm Blessings

    10 months ago
  6. Elle

    I’ve known endings help create new beginnings, but- never really had heard/had it put to me as beginnings & endings are one in the same (so) with this new way of viewing beginnings & endings…..I will say: the ability for growth {learning}.

    10 months ago
    1. Mica

      Me, too, Elle – I’ve had endings that were not beginnings, so they’re not always one and the same. For example, I sold a house but I had already been living elsewhere for a few years, so there was a definite ending of my connection to the house and its neighborhood, but there was no new beginning.

      10 months ago
  7. Antoinette

    No birth no death – nothing is lost- are two good reminders of continuous metamorphosis.

    10 months ago
  8. Christine

    I never knew or experienced about beginning and end in this way. Today I am going to learn something new through your answers.😊

    10 months ago
    1. Mica

      Dear Christine – I’ve had endings that were not beginnings, so they’re not always one and the same. “One and the same” is the correct expression, not “one in the same”. For example, I sold a house but I had already been living elsewhere for a few years, so there was a definite ending of my connection to the house and its neighborhood, but there was no new beginning.

      10 months ago
      1. Christine

        Thank you, Mica 💞

        10 months ago
      2. Layla

        Mica, I’ve had endings where beginnings weren’t readily connectable as well but, looking back later in life, I did see the connections. A real life example: in my 20s, I was a serial monogamist who kept attracting the same type of man. Different men and backgrounds but the same themes used to keep cropping up. It wasn’t until I really started working on myself did I look back and see how I kept accepting the same poor treatment because I didn’t love myself. Once the lesson was learned, I stopped having that recurring theme in my life.

        10 months ago
        1. Mica

          Thank you, Layla – I can understand what you mean. I spent my first 56 yrs as dutiful daughter and then dutiful wife. It’s so wonderful to have moved on.

          10 months ago
    2. Holly in Ohio

      Yes, I can see this might particularly resonate with you, Christine. It must be very difficult to step into a new beginning, while missing Karel so deeply. But I am certain he is with you, and perhaps needs you to find these new experiences. I hope I am not saying this poorly.

      I am both envious of the love you’ve had and in sorrow with you for your loss. ♥🌷

      10 months ago
      1. Christine

        Thank you, Holly, for your understanding.💖🌷

        10 months ago
  9. Holly in Ohio

    Change is all part of the ouroborus. Moving, hellos, goodbyes, death, birth, all remind me of this.

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    10 months ago
    1. Mica

      ouroborus – thanks, Holly – that’s a new one to me. Snake with tail in mouth, google tells me. I’ll try to remember to share my new word with my Tues coffee friend – it’s almost time to go to 3 Bees coffee shop on 3rd & B streets to meet her 😊

      10 months ago
  10. Layla

    Understanding that life’s purpose is to teach my soul lessons that bring me closer to God. An ending represents a completion of a level (mastery) and a beginning represents the newly ascended level (new lesson). I celebrate those times I’ve learned what needed to be learned.

    10 months ago
  11. Laura

    That’s a good question. I can only attempt to see what it’s getting at by envisioning each of our moments as a continuous flow. There isn’t any distinction between ending and beginning as each moment fades and another rises.

    10 months ago
  12. Carol

    We do not heal the past by dwelling there;
    we heal the past by living fully in the present.
    Marianne Williamson

    I share a meditation I wrote in 2018:

    I looked out the kitchen window yesterday and two Mourning Doves were sitting on my patio fence. I was surprised as the cold temperatures here in Louisiana have been showering me with reminders of childhood winters in Kansas and I did not expect the Mourning Doves to be arriving here in January. It seemed to me to be way too early in the new year for them to appear, too soon not to experience freezing temperatures.

    Then this morning, as I opened the Roman shade in the living room, I heard the plaintive call of one of the doves. It is truly a mournful sound. It’s hard to believe that such a beautiful bird could produce that haunting moan but there it was, the reality that in this life there is no joy without sorrow and no sorrow where there has not been joy; there is no beginning without an ending and no ending without a beginning.

    I sent a note to a dear friend telling her about the Mourning doves arrival and explaining that I had just returned from a short trip to Marshall, Texas, where I met my daughter, son-in-law and my grandchildren to attend the funeral of my son-in-law’s 56 year old younger brother John who died suddenly a week before. There had been no indication of illness, autopsy results had provided no cause and needless to say, the family was and is in shock. It seemed to us all to be way too early for his life to end.

    I told her about the Mourning Doves arrival and how hearing their plaintive call resonated quite deeply with the sadness I was feeling. I explained that the young man who died was home alone and was babysitting his 3 year old grandson at the time and apparently they were outdoors when a friend of the family stopped by and found the grandfather lying on the ground unresponsive and little Beau, the grandson, riding his tricycle around in the yard unaware that his grandpa was not just taking a nap.

    She wrote back:

    “I saw my first Blue Jay of the season out my kitchen window this morning. Birds are so uplifting. Your doves, too, even as you replay the sad ending of your son-in-law’s brother’s untimely death in your mind. The three-year-old is the emblem of life going on, I guess, and the wheels of the trike, as well.”

    I spoke with my daughter late last night. She is still in Texas at the request of her sister-in-law. I could hear the weariness in her voice. I know she would rather be home but as Eckhart Tolle says, “True love is the recognition of another in your self.” She has chosen to be there for her husband’s family. She said, “All of this makes me grateful for what I have and reminds me that it could all change in an instant.”

    As I hung up the phone, I thought: she is experiencing a new beginning, a new appreciation for this moment and this moment. It affirmed my belief that every ending can be a beginning.

    “We are participants in a vast communion of being, and if we open ourselves to its guidance, we can learn anew how to live in this great and gracious community of truth.” Parker Palmer

    10 months ago
    1. Mica

      Thank you, Carol – I love the Marianne Williamson quote especially. For a couple of years I co-led a church group based on Parker Palmer’s Circle of Trust. And a friend and I watched Oprah with Eckhart Tolle on her TV several times, many years ago.

      10 months ago
    2. Mary Pat

      Well done. And Parker Palmer is one of my very favorite people….thank you for sharing.

      10 months ago
  13. Maurice Frank

    Stories (novels) where the character arch often exemplifies this idea. Then I see it in my own life.

    10 months ago
  14. Patricia

    This question reminds me.

    10 months ago
  15. Kevin

    I don’t believe that beginnings and endings are one and the same. Otherwise, as humans, we would not assign any significance and special meanings to each. We note, with celebration, joy, and excitement about new life, new projects and new beginnings. And we mark, sometimes with pleasure or accomplishment bringing something to its anticipated conclusion, or mourn and demonstrate sadness when life passes. Our lives among each other are etched and measured by these distinctive life events, which matter greatly.

    I get it, that from a philosophical perspective, beginnings and endings are related, or connected each to the other. But I suggest that that’s not ‘where’ most of us live, or how we participate in our shared human experience.

    10 months ago
    1. Maurice Frank

      Thank you, Kevin, for making me think differently about this.

      10 months ago
  16. Michele

    The Circle of Life.

    10 months ago

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