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Not with a bang but a whimper...
Not with a bang but a whimper...And it all ends not with a bang but a whimper!!! Or does it?
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This is the way the world ends
This is the way the world ends
This is way the world ends
Not with a bang but a whimper
                                                          (T.S. Elliot)

And it all ends not with a bang but a whimper!!! Or does it?  In the latest James Bond movie it is the biggest Bang ever on a a movie screen when everything goes up in flames at the end. I have often asked myself the question: "What is the fine mathematical relationship between the build up and the release or ending. Think of a wedding, the months (years) of planning and 'poefff' : it's all over in minutes or a couple of hours! Or a slow cooked dinner, or an orgasm; or all the exercise for that one event at the Olympics. The Bang of the canon salvo at the end of Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture shudders my soul everytime I hear to it!

What is it that makes the energy of the ending worth all the long hard work in the build up to it? Perhaps it is the intensity of the ending: The ' I do' with some tears at the wedding, the laughter and love at the dinner table, the glory of the gold medal at the Olympics! Apparently our universe started the other way round. It started with a Big BANG! And the ending......a silent whimper.? And perhaps just another beginning? I often look at the roses in my garden and see how they reach their full expansive and explosive colourful beauty and then slowly decay to a shrivelled up bud.  Some part of me feels sad,  just as when I look at the movie hero's from my childhood. All the external  bang is gone, and a lot of whimper left.

There is a story in the Bible of a strong man Samson who ended his life on a Bang when he with one final act of strength, pulled down the pillars which kept the temple up and ended his life on a BANG! I often work with clients who wants to leave legacies and I help them plan of this greatness and powerful legacy. And then I work with other clients who had a great and 'Banging' life and who at the end of their life have to make peace with their 'whimpering' and dying cancerous body. At this stage in my life, I believe that the visual and external 'Bang' at some stage must be internalised for a internal whimper. It is not any less powerful; It has just changed form. The next rose is already waiting to be formed;  Life is just a continuous series of Bangs and Whimpers, and both is perfect and both have to be present.

So it is the end of another year and whatever way you celebrate it, with a Bang or a Whimper or even better - both, whatever you do do or experience, may it touch the deeper level of your soul as well as the external physcical sensual pleasures!!

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