The beginning and the end
Jan 1, 2013
Today is the first day of a brand new year, and with it comes certain excitement and anticipation. When I was a kid my mom would buy me a brand new outfit for the new year and the memory of this “newness” has remained with me all these years.
Now I no longer get a brand new out fit for the first day of the year, instead at one time did try to make a list of resolution. I eventually found out they do not work for me, as they are only good till January 31. For the last few years I have started the practice of reflecting on the days gone by, to remember the lessons learned and to refocus on the coming year.
The last few days as I reflected on 2012, this verse from Ecclesiastes spoke volumes to my soul:
The end of a thing is better than its beginning. Ecclesiastes 6:8
The devotion of Dec 28, from Spiritual Leadership Network had this to say: “….. how we begin something has enormous ramifications on how we conclude…. how we begin something matters not if we do not end well.
It is much easier to begin something than it is to bring that project to a proper conclusion. Beginnings don’t always require great effort or cost. Perseverance and determination are not prerequisite to commencements. They are, however,crucial for completions. While the launching of something new is often met with fanfare and enthusiasm, the often, laborious effort to bring it to completion attracts far less attention from others.”
I certainly have no problems at all starting new projects, but I do find it hard to carry it through with the same kind of enthusiasm. I get distracted along the way and sometimes even discouraged by the lack of results. But this is something I need to focus on the days ahead of me. As an re-adjustment of my lenses and my attitude. Not only for the projects I have started but also how I honor and dedicate myself to the call.
.”..the measure of someone’s life is not so much in how many things you began, but how many things you completed. True satisfaction is coming to the end of a project and seeing your dream become a reality! At times we celebrate prematurely. Genuine celebration is not at the launching, but at the completion of a major effort. Do you have as many successful endings as you have exuberant beginnings? ”