I am sitting here at the computer reflecting on another day gone by and flipping through my music library. By now, you probably can sense that I have hopped on my soapbox and have a few things that I would like to talk about.
As I settled into the evening, I begin to think about how often we focus on the beginning and the end. How is it that we lose sight of what has transpired between the start and the finish. Even when we leave this place our tombstones show the date we came into the world and the date we left. Once we are gone the only thing left to show that we were here only focuses on the beginning and ending of our life.
There are many times in our lives that we are so caught up in situations fixated on where we started and where we will finish that we miss some things along the way.
We all have heard the phrase its not how you start, but how you finish. Its those things that occurred after the start that make it able for us to finish. We have to appreciate the things that take place after the start and before the finish. Don’t lose sight of the middle as that is where the real meat of life lies..
Don’t be so concerned with a great start and a strong finish that you forget to appreciate how you actually ran the race.
“In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.”
“Beginnings are usually scary and endings are usually sad, but it’s the middle that counts. You have to remember this when you find yourself at the beginning.”
“Yesterday brought the beginning, tomorrow brings the end but somewhere in the middle we've become the best of friends.”
“There’s always the chance you could die right in the middle of your life story ”
“Refuse to fall down. If you cannot refuse to fall down, refuse to stay down, lift your heart toward heaven like a hungry beggar, ask that it be filled and it will be filled. You may be pushed down. You may be kept from rising. But no one can keep you from lifting your heart toward heaven-only you. It is in the middle of misery that so much becomes clear. The one who says nothing good came of this is not yet listening.”
-Clarissa Pinkola Estes