Health to No End
As I sit back and think about the past 176 days, I cannot help but feel a little bittersweet about this project nearing its end. For the past 6 months, I have scheduled my day, my outings, and my plans, around my commitment to post an Unexpected Health insight…every day! As you can imagine, there were days that this was easy: the words just flowed through me. Other days, when I might have had a full day of activities, or even a weekend of travel, posting this health blog was a little more difficult. In fact, there were days when I just downright didn’t want to type my name, let alone any sort of anecdote about health or life. But as the finality of this project approaches, I am overly aware of the Unexpected Health in…endings.
Endings are not always associated with Disney’s version of blissful happiness. We do not always experience ecstatic joy when something ends: a relationship, a time period, a career. In fact, there is a lot of sadness that is associated with endings. Think about the last day of a long-anticipated vacation; I am pretty sure that I am not leaping for joy when I am packing my bags to return home to responsibility and requirements. But today, I realized that the Unexpected Health in endings is that there is actually no ending to anything in life…and realizing that every ‘ending’ is merely a pause before the start of something new is encouraging…and healthy!
Life is not a compilation of periods at the end of a sentence. Instead, it is a book of colons, semicolons, dashes, and exclamation points! Whenever something ‘ends,’ we are given a clean slate; an opportunity to start a whole new journey. When finality arrives, we should prepare ourselves because something else is coming soon…something to build on our previous experiences, our past relationships, and our most recently finished work. What I have found is that as this project comes to a close, other doors are Unexpectedly flying open.
When we do not hold on so tightly to our fear of the unknown, endings suddenly become less scary. We start to see the connections between the start of something and the completion of another. I talked a long time ago about the Unexpected Health in circles (see Day 26). Life truly is cyclical. So the next time you feel an ending drawing near, remember that what may be finished from one perspective–from one vantage point–could be the beginning of a whole new adventure. -Until tomorrow, Jaime
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