2020 has been nothing short of a wild ride. No one expected COVID-19, economic downturn, or to have one’s freedoms and livelihoods taken away by government mandate. As bad as this year was for many, it is truly almost over as I write this last post of 2020. That said, there have always been periods in a person’s life that comes to an end. No one wants the good times to end. Everyone wants the worst to be over. Trust me when I say this. All things come to an end. Here are three quotes from the past that may help give you some perspective on that.
“Never let the future disturb you. You will meet it, if you have to, with the same weapons of reason which today arm you against the present.”Marcus Aurelius
You’re going to deal with whatever comes tomorrow whether you like it or not. The least you can do is to be the best prepared for it possible. The best way to do that is to do the things you wanted to do today. Do what you can with the present because the future is coming. Things are never the same twice, but you can make decisions now that can affect the outcome to some degree. Act now.
“You only grow by coming to the end of something and by beginning something else.”John Irving
No changes can be made to your life if you wish to stay in the same place forever. Change is opportunity. Change can either be good or bad, but it is up to you to seek opportunity where there seems to only be chaos. As this year ends, is there something you’d like to change about your life? As corny as new year’s resolutions sound, they can motivate you to do something you’ve wanted to do before. Any motivation for growth is better than none.
“New beginnings are often disguised as painful endings.”
Finally, we end this with one of my favorite quotes from Lao Tzu. He wasn’t very wordy, but this quote gets straight to the point. Sometimes a bad ending can be an opportunity for a positive change. You lost your job. Maybe a newer, better job that wasn’t in your reach before is about to come your way. You girlfriend/boyfriend dumped you? You probably dodged a bullet and will end up with someone better suited for you as a person. As long as you’re breathing and can make changes, you should. Every ending is an opportunity. They say a person’s life changes every four years. You always have four years to make something of yourself if nothing else.
That’s all I have for now. I hope all of you enjoy the rest of this year. We will all get through the horrors together. Perhaps this is the beginning of new wonders.