Happy New Year to all! Although I’m a week late on my New Year plans, goals, and well-wishing, I have not given up the opportunity to reflect on the past year. The recent days of below-freezing temperatures have allowed me to catch up on some reading and enjoy one of my favorite authors, Rachel Naomi Remen, MD and her inspiring book of short stories, Kitchen Table Wisdom (a HIGHLY recommended read). In one particular story, “Endbeginnings,” Remen writes, “Nothing ever ends without something else beginning or begins without something else ending…For a long time I never noticed the beginnings.” This was been a particularly prominent theme for me in 2013 as I learned several times to accept ending and embrace the curiosity of what is to come. I thoroughly expect 2014 to bring about great beginnings as well.
This past year I evolved from full-time student to full-time licensed acupuncturist, small business owner, and educator. I moved from the comfortably tiny central New York town I had made home to this (much) bigger city I grew up in years ago. Instead of discussing case studies and esoteric Chinese medical theories with my colleagues, I have been catching up on gossip with old friends and family and making new friends, too.
Although change can be unsettling and anxiety-provoking, I know that great opportunity is likely accompanied by great change. I am transitioning into a professional acupuncturist and healer with a fresh landscape here in Indianapolis to explore, new people to meet, and new goals to work towards such as building my business and perfecting my practice.
In Chinese medicine, life is not considered a beginning with a very distinct and final end but rather a series of continuous cycles of life, decline, death, and rebirth; a waxing and waning, ebb and flow. Human life follows the change of seasons as routinely as the rest of nature. When things seem to be coming to an end, there is always an inherent beginning following. Winter’s end is welcomed by Spring’s arrival, graduation is followed by grand opening, and comfort is replaced with novel opportunity. May 2014 bring you all the opportunity and endbeginnings you can stand.