Thursday, November 15, 2012
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russell_newRussell R. Shippee
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"I am the master of my fate; the captain of my soul"


William Ernest Henley  



 "When you are going through hell, keep going." 



Winston Churchill



"The truth of the matter is you always know the right thing to do. The hard part is doing it."

 Norman Schwarzkopf

"You will never be greater than the thoughts that dominate your mind."

Napoleon Hill   

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Today's article also has part of a poem by TS Eliot. I first used that poem when speaking at my daughter, Katy's wedding. Right now it's fitting.  I felt it would have some value for all of you, so it's included.

Next Thursday is Thanksgiving in the USA, so there will be no letter. Perhaps we can all take a few moments and make a list of all we are thankful for. The list will be longer than you imagine; and you'll feel great as you make the list. Try it!

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Happy Thanksgiving to you all!

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The End or The Beginning?   

Enjoy the words of T S Eliot from the fourth quartet, Little Giddling:


What we call the beginning is often the end

And to make an end is to make a beginning
The end is where we start from...
We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started 

And know the place for the first time.

Every day we face an ending and a beginning. Most go by hardly noticed. Some have long term lasting effects on our lives, some even for the rest of our lives.

Some examples are:

Loss of love
Loss of a job
Loss of a close friend
A child going off to college
A child getting married
New job
Natural disaster

We are designed to move forward, to embrace the beginning. We mourn the loss, we often dwell in the loss, and we feel the emptiness of the loss. The greater the value, the greater the relationship, and the greater the love, the greater will be the loss. It's our reality.

We can rest in the loss, we can remember and reflect on the wonder of what was -- the joy, the excitement, and the fulfillment of what was. We can always feel the emotion, the love, the connection, and the vibrancy of it all.

Our charge is to take that ending, that ending we never expected or wanted to end, and make a beginning out of it. How to move forward, how to embrace the end so that we can and do move forward.

We find the beginning in the end. The end guides us to the right beginning. We need to allow and accept the end so that it can show us our new beginning. There is a value and a lesson in the end that propels us forward to the new beginning.

Embrace the beginning. Embrace the lesson and the opportunity to move forward, renewed, and guided, guided by the past. As we move forward our past is with us, guiding us, showing us, and helping us to make the new beginning.

There is always a value and a lesson we can use to go forth, beginning with new knowledge and understanding. As we begin again we are better, wiser, and more worldly. We can do it, we can be better, and we can help others. We have a reason, a value, and a purpose.

When you are ready, begin. Some endings are traumatic and take time to heal. Allow yourself the time to heal, the time to process, and the time to grieve. In the process, and out of the process, comes your beginning. Unknown to you, in your grieving is the progress and the light of the beginning. Allow it, accept it, and embrace it. It's a gift to you.

As we end our time here on earth we will return to where we started and know the place for the first time.