I have been fascinated lately by the concept of “The End.” It is unclear to me how far that really is; or if it even exists?
As eternal beings we understand that life has no end; we move from one realm of existence, into another. We live in a series of beginnings, yet somehow our finite minds forces us to see ‘the end’ of it all. We plan our lives accordingly so we can be compliant to the unwritten rule that for every beginning; there must be an end.
Today I challenge this concept, I want to shift that perspective to help people see that an end is really a beginning for a greater purpose. I have graduated a few times in my life in many things: academia, marriage and divorce, motherhood, country women at all levels of government, and spirituality. With every graduation I believed that I had reached the end, only to discover a new beginning awaiting me on the other side of the story.
My life journey has taught me that ‘The End’ comes with excruciating pain that I must overcome to get to my new beginning. All of my graduations came with hard, focused and persistent work that required more power than I had on my own. I always had to leverage on my trusted relationship with my God to carry me through. Sometimes the pain was too real that I thought it would end me. It was in that TRUST where I could see that there really was no end; but a new beginning for a better, wiser and stronger me – every time.
The intangible trust has always pulled me through “The End.” It helped me learn about the world at a level that was deeper than most people; knowing and accepting that there has to be more out there. It was about listening to my inner self, about knowing when I had fallen short of my own potential. It continues to be about understanding and taking responsibility for my own successes and failures; it is really about knowing the truth about myself. The truth that I belong to an eternal God who has no beginning and no end; but is the beginning and the end.
The Intangible lesson—Trust can be taught
We speak about trust all our lives in our different relationships with people; and I’ve heard it a million times that “trust must be earned;” but never have I heard that trust can be taught. Trust is a feeling just like loyalty and love—it is intangible, so yes, it can be learnt. Trust in the Almighty and His Word is the first step to realising that just like Him we are eternal beings; we have no end, only beginnings.
I cannot believe how naïve I have been, looking outside of myself for the answers that were always inside of me. Thank you, God, for the clarity! For the alignment within me: my heart, head and hands now move in unison. My purpose is clear, all of my endings were bringing me closer to my life’s agenda. ‘The End’ of everything in my life was always awakening the best beginning for me. I am ready; let the next phase of my truth begin.
6 thoughts on “The End”
Thank you for this. I love this phrase: “We live in a series of beginnings.”
Yes Dara; this is true!
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Thank you, Thando. I wish we lived closer so we could have many interesting conversations. Thank you for sharing some of your story. I love what you say about going through the pain that feels like a death to get to the new chapter and new life.
Thank you very much for this post; it meant a lot to me to read. Having just abruptly lost my husband of 33 years, this summer, I’ve been thinking a lot about real physical ends and beginnings, and the spiritual ones. What you wrote was inspiring and also gave me food for thought. Have a blessed Christmas!
So profound Thando. Your article has helped come to terms with an end and embrace the new, brighter and better beginning
Wow! Yes. So insightful, so humble, so powerful. Thank you for sharing your wisdom with us, Thando, as we all travel our paths of beginnings and endings — and even more powerful beginnings!! <3
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