This is the end???

Posted: May 6, 2014 in Uncategorized
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The end is near. The finale the finish, the last hurrah, the fat lady singing, bottom of the ninth. I have always hated the end. This was a bigger problem as a young child. I never wanted the movie or carton show to end. I wanted my weekends to last forever.

When I was younger my dad watched a movie called Dune. I didn’t understand what was going on in the movie. It was sci-fi and set in the distant future. The movie was based on a book written by Frank Herbert  and both were wildly successful.

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Frank Herberts works, Dune and its five sequels used the medium of sci-fi to deal with issues like; ecological stewardship, gender equality, political factions and heroism. I still have not read the books or seen the movie. I plan on downloading the first book one week from now (the kindle is right now full).

I only mention Frank Herbert and his works because he had quite the perspective when it came to “the end”.

“There is no real ending. It’s just the place where you stop the story.” 
― Frank Herbert

It is hard to grasp starts and stops for almost everyone because we live in a fluid and dynamic universe that is always in motion.

Two months ago, the incredibly successful and popular TV show “How I meet your Mother” ended its nine season life with a tear soaked finale. I will do my best bot to spoil the ending, but I would like to paste a quote from the narrator or the show.

“Kids, I’ve been telling you the story of how I met your mother, and while there’s many things to learn from this story, this may be the biggest. The great moments of your life won’t necessarily be the things you do, they’ll also be the things that happen to you. Now, I’m not saying you can’t take action to affect the outcome of your life, you have to take action, and you will. But never forget that on any day, you can step out the front door and your whole life can change forever. You see, the universe has a plan kids, and that plan is always in motion. A butterfly flaps its wings, and it starts to rain. It’s a scary thought but it’s also kind of wonderful. All these little parts of the machine constantly working, making sure that you end up exactly where you’re supposed to be, exactly when you’re supposed to be there. The right place at the right time.” –narrator

So why is the end hard to grasp? Well maybe because there really is no end is there?  The universe is always moving always going. Even the non spiritual man or woman would find it hard to argue with the legacy for the friends and family who have left this realm in death.

“There is no end. There is no beginning. There is only the infinite passion of life. ”


― Federico Fellini

Now pragmatically speaking there is an end to certain actions. There will not be another episode of “How I meet you Mother” filmed, because the series has ended. How can someone handle the end of an action they truly loved? Well, let’s take the advice of the doctor.

“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.”


― Dr. Seuss

 

There is much to be said for the power of gratitude.  In grief, the power of gratitude is absolutely necessary and immeasurable.

peace

john3c

 

 

 

 

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