Last night was the end of our short vacation to see the eclipse. The eclipse itself being a short event with its ending minutes after it began.
I finished a puzzle my husband and I had been working on for a couple months. Its beauty revealed in full as the last piece was placed. The beautiful scene of a goddess, our reward.
My daughter's first year is coming to an end as we prepare for her birthday Friday. As she sings while walking across the kitchen this morning it is amazing to think how much she has learned and developed in one short year.
I truly believe "the end is just a new beginning". Yet today as I sit here I am not thinking about all the beautiful beginnings that will open up from these endings. I am simply reflecting in these endings. They have been beautiful journeys within the larger story and their endings are just as beautiful.
I'm grateful for the amazing year I have had with my daughter. I'm grateful for the lessons motherhood has taught me so far. I'm grateful to pause and reflect on all the precious moments of this last year.
I'm grateful for the puzzle that began as a date night with my husband and ends with the beautiful emersion of the goddess from its completion. I'm grateful for the satisfaction of a job completed and the reminder it served to take time for ourselves.
I'm grateful for our family trip to see the eclipse. Even with some cloud coverage it was a wonderful trip and a beautiful experience. I'm grateful to have gotten to witness the moon moving across the sun. I'm grateful to experience the temperature drop as the darkness lingered just for a moment and then the light returned. I'm grateful for all the beautiful symbolism that this event holds.
What is coming to an end in your life? What beauty can you find in reflecting on the experience?
May today remind us to pause and honor the endings. May we know that the end brings new, beautiful possibilities. Have a beautiful day!