The gift of good endings

Usually, we are pretty good at beginnings. Starting something new has an energy and a sense of vision–where we hope it will go.

Endings, on the other hand, tend to be the territory that we avoid. Our experience suggests they are likely to be uncomfortable or sad.

So we avoid them or find a way of skipping what are often the crucial parts.

But every beginning also starts with an ending. It’s the threshold we cross, the now we let go of to enter what might be.

And therefore we need to embrace endings, not just as something to be endured–though I know there is often pain–but as a gift. They are the means of entry into the possibilities to come.

What’s yours?


At this time in December, I usually select a blog post from each month in turn as a means of reflecting on the year. Instead, in 2020 I want to explore the gifts we need to give ourselves and each other as a fitting ending for this very un-normal year-of-years. If there are particular ‘gifts’ you would like me to explore, let me know as I’d love to hear from you.