Beginnings and Ends
As this year comes to an end, Star Winar Magazine reflects on the stories we’ve shared of men and women who chased their dreams, created something, and inspired us. Taking the initiative to establish a new “beginning” is the most daunting part of a new story, especially when you’re the one writing it. However, the most important part of any story is the end. It’s the last chapter, when the reader has connected with the characters and you don’t want the story to end. You want it to go on forever. Before this new year take a moment to reflect on your life. Take a mental picture of those people who inspired you.
There’s one individual who has impacted more lives than she even realizes. You won’t find her in an encyclopedia; she wasn’t a professional athlete, and she never shook the hand of the President of the United States. She was an ordinary girl who did extraordinary things.
Her name was Janet Bauernschmitt. Janet’s life changing story takes place on a Sunday morning where Janet was on her way to church. Unexpectedly she was in a tragic car accident that took her life and changed the lives of those who knew her. Before she left this earth she wrote, “It’s amazing how we go on everyday and just assume there will be a tomorrow. We make plans for tomorrow. We mess up and promise we will fix that problem, tomorrow. But will there be a tomorrow? It was never promised, we just assume it’s going to be there. We assume it’s going to come for everyone else too, and never make right with that person, because I can do that tomorrow.” Monday never came for Janet, but she lived life abundantly.
She lived with a grateful heart, she chose to smile, she chose to laugh, she chose to see the good in individuals. Janet once said, “We don’t get to choose when we are born, what family we’re born into, or the circumstances that are brought with that. We also don’t get to choose when we die. BUT we do get to choose what we’re going to do with the time in between. That time is called our life.” What Janet did with her time should make us all reflect on how we choose to make each decision in life from this point forward until our end. This New Year, I hope you take the time to write letters to friends and tell them you appreciate them, and how you love them. We hope you encourage your friends to reach their potential, and don’t wait until tomorrow.
Janet posed a question we have all thought about, and probably talked about with our friends late at night, “What would you do if you found out you only have a certain amount of time left to live?” Would you wait until tomorrow to call your sister? Would you make it a point to read more stories to your kids? Would you chase that dream you always have at night? If you knew you only had a certain amount of time to live, would you be more forgiving, quicker to appreciate a sunset, wake up a little earlier to see the sunrise, be a little more generous with your money?
Be thankful for the life you have been given today. For the Christmas you’re celebrating this year with your family. Janet says it better than we can write, “Many times looking into our life and other’s lives, we don’t understand why situations pan out the way they do. ” It’s amazing that tomorrow’s happen so fast and come sooner than we ever imagine. We hope you take the time to call or write a friend, and if you’re thinking right now you will wait until tomorrow then we recommend you read the beginning again. May you be able to inspire people this year. May you dream BIG and help others along the way. May this year bring new beginnings for you and may you leave a beautiful end like Janet who, even to this day, is impacting individuals all around the world with her legacy of love. May you have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.