Ends and Next Steps

Lately I’ve been hearing people talk about ends: about the end of the summer, the end of a life, the end of a business, the end of a job, the end of cancer treatments, and the end of a part of a journey. Whether we like it or not endings are part of our lives just like change and taxes. It’s almost easier to think about change than it is endings. And if I’m honest I don’t feel like I’m at the end of anything (except maybe my latest book), I feel like I’m in the middle of many journeys, and maybe that’s how you feel.

But whether we like it or not we do need to think about the end of things from time to time, because that’s how life goes, and with as unpredictable as life is, you don’t know how many days, months or years you’ve got. Sometimes things end simply because we can’t juggle all the balls anymore, or because we need to rest. Endings themselves aren’t evil or wrong, but like change we have to be willing to handle them as they come along, and prepare for them the best we can beforehand.

Even if you’re not ready for things to end, or even to sit down and seriously prepare for things to end, it’s important to take time and at least make some minor preparations, like printing out important numbers and last wishes, and taking time to plan even a little what you would do if your life took a big right or left turn. Where would you go? What would you do? Who could you depend on? Do you have the resources to last 6 months or until you can get back on track? What would be the first 3 things you would do when you reach a personal or professional end?

There are many things an end can be, and many things it doesn’t have to be. Like many things in life they’re only as scary and powerful as we allow them to be. Whether you’re facing an end like the end of your life or the end of the life of a loved one, you’re just facing the end of your ability to sleep any hours you wish, or you’re facing the end of working tirelessly on a project, it’s time to face the question of what’s next, and I encourage you to choose an amazing next step to your life’s journey.

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