Happy New Year to you! One year ending and another beginning. One season finished while another starts. One chapter closed and the next about to open.
I first read this term in a book recommended by one of my college professors. I can’t even remember the class, but this one phrase from that book has haunted me in all of my in-betweens ever since.
“Nothing ever ends without something else beginning or begins without something else ending.”
The author, Rachel Naomi Remen, M.D., then expanded:
“I was thirty-five years old and I had never trusted life before. I had never allowed any empty spaces. Like my family, I had believed that empty spaces remained empty. Life had been about hanging on to what you had and medical training had only reinforced the avoidance of loss at all costs. Anything I had ever let go of had claw marks on it. Yet this empty space had become different. It held all the excitement and anticipation of a wrapped Christmas present.”
This past Holiday season has been a noisy one, it took me getting to the new year to finally get some quiet for pondering this in-between — this ending of 2016 and beginning of 2017. There is much I’m gladly leaving behind. In all honesty, this past year held lots of disappointment and set-backs; and what I’m now carrying forward are empty spaces.
But in the letting-go I’m finding streaks of hope. There are about 365 days ahead that are unwritten. The opportunities left empty in last year, are blank canvases for this year. The broken-open seeds of last year’s planting are now in place to bloom.
Those empty places are endings beginning for this year.
Do you have them too? As we sit here today, over a warm, steamy beverage, lets celebrate these endbeginnings. These in-betweens, in all their awkwardness and struggle, are also beautifully full of hope — like gifts to be opened. Cheers friend, Cheers.
Not only is this a New Year, but it is also a Blog-A-versary!! We’re celebrating 3 years of Blogging with 3 big Giveaways!!!
Over the next three days I’ll be giving away 3 things that have been or currently are in my in-between. A Bible Study to showcase hope. A publication that pulled me out. And a book I am now challenged to read. Stay Tuned!