To End is to Begin
Detours in Life
Today is Monday; that is, if I have scheduled this correctly. There are no guarantees in life and when it comes to technology and me, well, best not to place any bets at times. Technology is one of those things that often gives me a detour in life. Today, however, I am navigating technology with confidence, much as we should the days of our living.
Kahlil Gibran once said “When you reach the end of what you should know, you will be at the beginning of what you should sense.” This wonderfully talented Lebanese-American artist and poet never had to deal with computers, however. All too often when I reach the end of my rope because life has thrown a roadblock or detour in my path, I feel frustration. Gibran is saying I should be at the beginning of some enlightening experience. Really?
His words are true, however, once we get past that frustration, that feeling of being lost, that feeling of being scared. The truth is that when we reach the end of what we know, we become open to learning something new. We are ready to approach a new experience, perhaps as is the case on Mondays, a new week.
I do not have a crystal ball nor do I know what challenges will present themselves to me in the form of a detour twelve hours from now. Hopefully my day will go as scheduled. If the past has taught me anything, though, there will be a few detours today. Whether they are catastrophes or not, will be determined by me, not what is happening.
How is that possible? All we have to do is commit to happiness. Shannon Adler explains: “When you let go of control and commit yourself to happiness, it is so easy to offer compassion and forgiveness. This propels you from the past, into the present. People that are negative, spend so much time trying to control situations and blame others for their problems. Committing yourself to staying positive is a daily mantra that states, “I have control over how I plan to react, feel, think and believe in the present. No one guides the tone of my life, except me!”
This all is sounding very simplistic, you might be thinking. Can life really be that easy? Can we navigate a detour with that little stress? It really is a matter of perspective. Are you envisioning your next detour as a roadblock or an opportunity? AS a story teller, I know full well that each day starts with the familiar “Once upon a time…” You may not get to choose the setting but you and your alone direct the character’s actions in writing your life story. Lindsay Edgar once wrote: “Stories don’t end. They just turn into new beginnings.”
Today is Monday. The yesterday has ended and opened the day to a detour called today. Every great poem, novel, TV program, and blues ballad has its Monday morning beginning. Whether today will be a marvelous Monday or just another manic Monday is up to how you travel your detours today. I do know one thing. Today is the end of Sunday and the beginning of the rest of the masterpiece that is you.