Once I was told this rule of thumb:
How you end one thing is how you’ll begin the next thing.
It might sound a little woo-woo, but I think the main point I draw from it is to end well. End with grace, end with strength. Whatever it is you are ending don’t fizzle away leaving the ends hanging out, unworked, a mess.
Today is my 37th birthday. Last year going into my 36th birthday, I felt kind of fizzled. This year, and I am so thankful for this, I am feeling energized and excited for the year ahead. I told my husband that I am motivated to draw down deeper into my talents and abilities this year. I want to build skills.
I love the idea of living in grace, as opposed to out of grace. I have heard people use the word “flow” for this idea, too. But I think grace is better. It’s bigger. It’s not just a moment of energy that is working with you, instead of against you, it’s deeper and wider than that. I’m reading “Gift From the Sea” by Anne Morrow Lindbergh for the first time and it is a siren call to my newly 37 year old heart.
It calls me to be quieter. To be alone. To do less. And all this, so that I can be more and give more.
Onward and upward, friends.