Life Begins At Its Perceived End

An ending and a beginning look much the same. The difference lies in the direction you choose to face.

“There will come a time when you will think everything is finished. That is the beginning.” — Louis L’Amour

Have you ever thought your life was over?

That is often when your best life begins. We humans are resilient. We endure large amounts of pain just to avoid change. Immense pressure is necessary to dislodge us from the deep grooves we form on Life’s path.

Every once in a while, a great and sometimes traumatic event forces necessary change. In the moment, such events are akin to falling off the edge of the earth into an abyss. In reality, we are snapping out of our current milieu and awakening to a higher purpose.

The featured quote is from Louis L’Amour’s Lonely on the Mountain. It was something a father once said to his son, a bit of wisdom leading into a story about losing everything to a drought.

The father was prescient enough to dig a well two years prior. So when the creek and springs dried up, food became scarce and their best cow died, the family had a deep, cold well of water.

Life may take at any moment more than you are willing to give. Digging your own well is a means of survival in such times, but you will emerge a much different person nonetheless. A season of scarcity requires adaptation.

Great loss strips away all of Life’s trappings. In the wake of such loss, you are like the Mighty Oak reduced to seed in a barren land. One day the rain will come, and you will spring forth anew.

An ending and a beginning look much the same. The difference lies in the direction you choose to face. Remember this in your next season of loss, scarcity and renewal.


🤔 Food for Thought:

Have you had any new beginnings?

How would you describe your shift in perspective from ending to beginning?

Was a new beginning an opportunity to live a more meaningful life?


⚙️ One Small Step:

Letting go is difficult, but in letting go lies the freedom to become something new. You need not wait for a traumatic event. What is one thing you carry today that you would be better off without?