Category Archives: Thinking

Beginnings and Endings

Does something have to end in order for something else to begin? I have been lucky enough to have time to read a few different books in my pile of possibilities this Summer. One day in August when the rain promised to fall for the whole day, I gave myself the gift of that one whole day and opened a book which I devoured from cover to cover, from the beginning to the end. What absolute delicious luxury! Purring cat on my lap and an enticing book on my knee! This particular book was a Vintage fictional tale ‘I Capture the Castle’ by Dodie Smith (later of 101 Dalmatians), which seemed to end with a new beginning like some real-life stories often do. I finished a book yesterday which I did not enjoy so much – another highly recommended book depicting the intertwining of families, acquaintances and events through 3 or 4 generations which sought to show the recurring cycles of life and the blurring and recurring of sequences, good and bad.

As August with its Summer promises fade into the opening September, I started to ponder about endings and beginnings, beginnings and endings. It seems sad to let go of the days that have passed, but we have to make space for the here and now and for whatever lies ahead although it does no harm to pause and reflect…it’s like punctuating a sentence so that we can make sense of it.

So let go of something, take a deep breath, and consider the possibility that there are no beginnings and no endings, but there is NOW, and we are in it, and it is wonderful.


I was minded to consider the kindness of strangers today, in particular the people who stopped to help me when I had a car accident just before Christmas – the man crouching beside me while he telephoned for help, the young woman who whipped off her jumper and dressed me in it like a baby, and the witness who stopped and gave me his details…people whom I did not and will not ever know, who responded to the human urge to be compassionate and to care for someone who needed them.
The Prayer of Loving Kindness from the Buddhist tradition has been translated/interpreted in different ways but the basic tenet remains the same and echoes other religious and spiritual teachings.
If you can find the time, take a moment to consider these simple phrases:
To yourself: May I be well, May I be happy, May I be free from all suffering
To someone you know: May you be well, May you be happy, May you be free from all suffering
To someone you don’t know: May you be well, May you be happy, May you be free from all suffering
To someone you find ‘difficult’ or hard to get along with: May you be well, May you be happy, May you be free from all suffering…
I am so grateful for the loving kindness I experienced. I hope I would respond in a similar way if faced with such a situation.