May 12th, 2020

speaker, coach, consultant

The endings of endings

Photo by Beckett Ruiz on Unsplash
Photo by Beckett Ruiz on Unsplash
"Crunch time turns out to be one of those times when “right” and “wrong” are only two of a handful of possible actions and outcomes. You’d think that getting old enough, and old enough to know better, ​would serve someone in good stead, that good judgement would prevail. It turns out that getting old is one of those ragged, dissembling crunch times, too. If you wait for the wisdom of age to take over, you often wait in vain." — Stephen Jenkinson, Come of Age: The Case for Elderhood in a Time of Trouble 

The title? 

It's a bit tautological.

But in simple terms, what ends when something ends?

I'm thinking specifically of dreams, jobs, relationships and, yes, life?

The last one. Easy. We're no longer here. And then? I'll come back to this.

But take the other three. We go after something because it's the right thing to do; or we can't think of anything better; or we don't pay it much heed. We get it. High fives all round. We've scaled our highest peak. And then what?

It never lasts. 

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