“We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned so as to accept the life that is waiting for us.” - Joseph Campbell

Endings are hard, sometimes too much to endure, like when we lose a job, or lose a loved one...or lose a pastor.

Endings often trigger emotions. Sadness. Anger. Sometimes relief.

We have an Ending going on right now at my parish, where our pastor of many years has resigned due to health issues. 

This Ending started several years ago when he was first diagnosed with a serious health condition and had to stop working and go away for treatment. He was never the same again. Though he was still pastor, he was mostly absent. The leadership vacuum became the uncomfortable norm.

It became a long, drawn-out Ending that many in this community felt...and suffered ill effects from as a result. 

My late sister-in-law had a saying that we used to smile at:  "Leave before it gets ugly."

This Ending got ugly...very ugly. And now, with his resignation, it will likely trigger another wave of emotion.

In my career coaching work, Endings are a big part of my business. I am helping my clients with Endings all the time.

What has ended? What has not?

What is beginning?

What could happen next?

Endings are not always easy, but they are not final.  

As William Bridges helped us to understand, all new Beginnings start with an Ending.

Posted on November 3, 2018


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