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SoCS: The End Can Also Be the Beginning

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Your prompt for #JusJoJan and Stream of Consciousness Saturday is: “the beginning, the end.” Write about the beginning of something and the end of  something. Bonus points if your first sentence contains “the end” and your last sentence contains “the beginning.” <– Read that again. Have fun!

The end can also be the beginning.

The end of COVID could be the beginning of gratitude and appreciation… that’s redundant. And it was going so well at first.

You can start your day (or Stream of Consciousness post) over at any time.

The end of COVID could be the beginning of gratitude for hugs and freedom to travel. Gratitude for the earth and arts we’ve embraced more fully. Gratitude for teachers, health care, and science.

The end of my first marriage was the beginning of a long grief process which had to come before loving myself again, which had to come before any healthy relationship involving romance.

The end of tenth grade was when my first boyfriend left town to move back to Connecticut. That was the beginning of the summer and there was a second boyfriend by the end of the summer.

The end of my daughter’s high school graduation triggered the Universe (directed by God) to direct my first boyfriend from tenth grade to message me, just out of curiosity.

The end of my first boyfriend’s career in 2011 was the beginning of his move to North Carolina with his three crazy dogs.

The end of my career in 2017 was the beginning of finding myself again, my authentic self, coming back home to art and creative pursuits of the heart.

The end of the Trump administration could mean healing the great political divide if we would just listen to each other and stop watching the news. Except for Good News Tuesday here on this blog. Well, maybe we need to watch a little other news. If we could just have FACTS, like, Joe Biden is president of the US, and when COVID vaccines are really available, and where. But I digress.

The end of the news programs, mainstream ones, usually include a bit of good news, which should also be in the middle and in the beginning. Good news, bad news, Good news, bad news, Good news. Like that. Good news in the beginning.

Did you ever have an ending that turned into the beginning?

Stream of Consciousness Saturday and Just Jot January are hosted by Linda Hill. For more information, visit:

The Friday Reminder for #SoCS & #JusJoJan 2021 Daily Prompt – Jan. 30th | (lindaghill.com)

Author: JoAnna

An open minded, tree-hugging Jesus follower, former counselor, and life-long lover of animals, I'm returning to my creative roots and have published my first book: Trust the Timing, A Memoir of Finding Love Again as well as the short version: From Loneliness to Love.

21 thoughts on “SoCS: The End Can Also Be the Beginning

  1. A special post, JoAnna. My biggest examples concern deaths and recovery, notably that of my first wife which fundamentally changed my direction in life – as I think you know

  2. You couldn’t start a news channel by any chance? I like your news philosophy 😊 happy Saturday despite everything 🙋‍♀️🐝

    • Thank you for your question and your confidence, dear Bee. I have thought about starting a news service or channel and did write for a nonprofit online local one for a short time. I would love for someone else to run the business end of it and let me do the creative parts. Great idea! Thank you for supporting the good news!

      • You are very welcome but I have to thank you for keep giving us good news. As you see, I have reduced my blogging a lot. I try to create a more sustainable life-style for us and make more things lime vegan butter or oat milk and all that needs time. Also, our house is in dire need of some TLC. But I love to read and see your stories as they give me hope. If I’d be good at business I’d help you but I am not 😊🙋‍♀️🐝

  3. Beautiful sunrise!

  4. The end of something always seems to lead to the beginning of something new. The end of my marriage brought a period of happiness and freedom, and I’m similarly looking forward to the end of the pandemic so that we can all be social and free without too much worry. It’s going to take several more months, but I’m willing to wait. Take care, JoAnna, and stay safe.

    • Thank you, Mary. Good examples! Loss of freedom helps us appreciate it more. I’m willing to wait, too, but I do want to visit my son and his family mountains. We’ll see how it goes. I am hopeful.

  5. Such a well thought out post, JoAnna. Yes, for me, staying off the news is a positive form of therapy. …. Though I do like tuning into your Good News Tuesday slot!

    • It’s supposed to be stream of consciousness, so not that well thought out, but I confess I did think ahead a bit. Glad you liked it and Good News Tuesday! Thanks so much for your support!

  6. What an excellent prompt! As always, you succeed in expanding our vision of the possibilities. All of life’s great transitions are endings and beginnings–graduation, leaving our parents’ home, marriage, divorce, becoming a parent, retirement, moving to another state or country, death of a loved one. The list is endless. As you’ve demonstrated with your own life experience, each new beginning depends upon what we’ve learned from each ending.

  7. This is a very good post, JoAnna. It made me think. I’ve had many ends where my focus shifted quickly to a new beginning. The most abrupt came when I lost my job in Seattle, WA and was forced to move to Connecticut. That was the beginning of my life today, although it included a few more ends and beginnings. Such is life.

  8. Thank you for sharing!.. I expect that there is no ending, just a point where one stopped the story…. “Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.” ( Maria Robinson )… 🙂

    Until we meet again..
    May the dreams you hold dearest
    Be those which come true
    May the kindness you spread
    Keep returning to you
    (Irish Saying)

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