Beginnings and Endings

The 5000 year old Mayan calendar ends on December 21, 2012.  This has led to much speculation about whether the world will end that day.  Last week I watched a show where two women both believed the world would end and made the appropriate preparations.  One sold everything she had and took her family to Disney World.  The other made her basement into a bunker and stocked it with beds, food, water and other essentials for survival.  Of course when December 22nd rolled around, the one with the basement of supplies offered them to the family who were left with nothing but Disney souvenirs.  It all ended happily, but it got me to thinking about how we each look at things so differently.

Last week, my time was filled with beginnings and endings.  Thursday our team celebrated the 20th anniversary of Mary working for us.  We reminisced about the beginnings we each had with our team, some of the things that have changed and friends who are gone from our dental family.  We had such a great time we were hoping the good time would never end.  Friday brought the tragedy in Newton Connecticut.  Our hearts went out to the families who are facing endings none of us ever want to face.  Saturday was better again, as my son Nick graduated from Central Michigan University.  His commencement marked the end of a college experience and the beginning of life as a wage earner.

Almost any day or any experience can be seen as both a beginning and an ending.  It just depends on how you choose to look at it.  I don’t believe we should live each day as if it is our last, but I do believe we need to appreciate new each day and each new experience.  We don’t want to be like the first woman in the show and invest so much in one aspect our life that if affects our family or our future.  We also can’t be like the second woman and put so much stock in the future that we can’t enjoy today.

So enjoy December 21st as you should every day.  Look at it as a beginning and an ending.   Choose to make it another great day.  And when the 22nd rolls around be thankful for that day too. I know I will!  Besides, the world can’t end:  my fantasy football team is in the playoffs this weekend!

Thanks for reading,

Dr. Bruce