Ending 2012 With Completeness

Ending 2012 With Completeness

"Half life"
“Half life” (Photo credit: hafeetrigger)

These last few days between the end of one year and the beginning of another give us a time to pause and assess where we have been and where we are going. One of the ways in which we  often judge our lives tends to be in terms of abundance, especially material abundance.

Today, as we were driving in our car we had an interesting impromptu conversation in the car.  My 82-year-old mother mentioned how helpful it had been in her life to see our glass in life as half full. This prompted my oldest son to ask me what I see when a glass is filled halfway with water.    I said, generally I am optimistic and see the cup of life as half full.

My son said I see a glass that is all full, because air always fills the space.  The glass is never not full.  I thought this was a brilliant distinction that so few of us realize.  We believe we are being optimistic, when we are missing the true gift of allowing ourselves to be whole and complete.

Consider how we work so hard to keep our glasses full and don’t leave ourselves breathing room.

We spend countless hours creating perfect holiday celebrations or ensure that we close the books on our businesses with as much profit as possible.  We fill ourselves with worry over our lack of progress towards our goals in life.

We have another choice to look for completeness in our lives.  When we do so, we can tap into our greatest feelings of awe and gratitude for the magnificent world around us and within us.

English: Mosaic glass tile mural
English: Mosaic glass tile mural (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In the days ahead, may you give yourself some breathing room and experience the completeness of your life just as it is.

Today’s Contemplation:

How might you give yourself some breathing room in this “empty” time between endings and beginnings?

19 thoughts on “Ending 2012 With Completeness

    1. There are times when it’s nice to have a set direction or project for a while that seems to do away with the one day at a time attitude. I hope you find the determination you seek! Have a wonderful new year! Karen

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  1. Your son is a smart cookie 🙂

    As to your question, I think it’s important to take the opportunity to stop and figure out where you are before jumping into the next thing. It also reminds me of a quote from one of my favourite books – Ursula Le Guin’s The Farthest Shore:

    “Try to choose carefully, Arren, when the great choices must be made. When I was young, I had to choose between the life of being and the life of doing. And I leapt at the latter like a trout to a fly. But each deed you do, each act, binds you to itself and to its consequences, and makes you act again and yet again. Then very seldom do you come upon a space, a time like this, between act and act, when you may stop and simply be. Or wonder who, after all, you are.” p. 45

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  2. Hey Karen,
    many thanks for stopping by at my blog. I like the glass is always full comments from your son.
    I always think of it like this: If it’s half full there’s room for a top up if you’re thirsty and if it’s half empty, then hey, there’s room for a top up if you’re thirsty!
    It works for me anyway
    Have a great 2013 blogging
    Tony

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  3. So lovely, Karen.

    I also wanted to thank you for your continued support. These last few months have been quite hectic and I have not read the blogs I follow that often. It taught me one thing, the people who kept with me were my true friends and not just people who liked my blog back because I was also liking theirs.

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    1. Thanks Ledia. It’s been a joy to follow your journey into publishing and teaching throughout this year and become your friend. I’ve had some months where I didn’t blog very much either, so I appreciate the challenge of keeping up with blogging and your support too! 🙂

      I look forward to seeing all the bright and wonderful ways your writing path is unfolding. My writing evolution continues to amaze me. May you have the best year ever in 2013! Karen

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      1. Karen, you are the sweetest! I wish all the best for you and your family and that your writing will take wings and fly to the highest heights.

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  4. I love it, your son is a genius.

    This year as we have not had the same financial ability as we normally have at Christmas. It has turned out to be even more pleasurable and abundant than normal which is saying something. Part of the reason has been because there has been more space in the glass for chillin’. Life is indeed complete. 🙂
    I would also like to echo Ledia’s appreciation for your continued support of my blog at a time when I haven’t had as much time to read other people’s posts. It is lovely to pop in and is always an uplifting experience.

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  5. I like the idea of having space in the glass for chillin’! That is the part of the enchanting part of life isn’t. It’s a pleasure to read and support your blog. I love your insights into how the stars are influenching us and how they play out in your life. I’m glad to be part of your blogging support community! 🙂

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