On endings (Part II)
(Part I is here)
“Art is never finished, only abandoned.” Leonardo da Vinci
Anything we create will end.
Endings can be rough – I still remember (on the smallest scale) the sense of deflation that came at the end of school productions; I’d almost always get ill straight afterwards.
That difficulty, though, is why it’s vital to be present while things are happening. It’s why contentment is better than happiness, because it allows us to be mindful and aware of the great things as they are happening, but to stay focused when they pass, to keep counting our blessings.
An activity or project may make us happy, but if we’re not contented in the background, that happiness will pass with the project and leave us deflated and without motivation afterwards.
Contentedness breeds contentedness.