Endings matter

Researchers have found that we have a tendency to assess life events, our lives and the lives of others primarily by how they end. This tendency or bias may even outweigh how we remember or value the peak moments of events or lives no matter how impressive or grand the peaks were. Being president, a famous celebrity, bestselling author, a billionaire or an Olympic athlete, may not be the most important memory people will have of you . . .

If a movie or a book ends well – in a way we feel is exciting or rewarding – we have a tendency to ignore or excuse any earlier plot failings it may have. Phrases such as “Leave them laughing.” and “All’s well that end well.” reflect these human tendencies.

door-672999__180So why am I telling you all this? Because it means it is never too late for a happy or truly satisfying ending to your education, your career, your marriage, your family relations, your life, your anything! Since we and the folks around us have the tendency to value the ending more than what happens along the way there is still and always hope.

What have you wanted to do, but haven’t done? It is not too late.

What have you wanted to see, but never saw? It is not too late.

Where have you wanted to go, but haven’t been? It is not too late.

What have you wanted to say, but never did? It is not too late.

What values have you wanted to live by, but aren’t? It is not too late.

What have you hoped to feel, but haven’t felt? It is not too late.

What have you wanted to stop doing, but haven’t had the courage? It is not too late.

Who have you wanted to hug, but haven’t? It is not too late.

Who have you wanted to forgive, but have not? It is not too late.

Your ending is not yet written. Life truly is a marathon, not a sprint. There is time.

Start today. I know you can do it. The life you really want is waiting for you!

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