I’m sure you’re familiar with the song ‘Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door’ by Bob Dylan, arguably it’s one of the greatest songs of our time. It has been covered by countless groups and artists since it was first penned. What you might not know is that it was originally written for the film Pat Garrett and Billy The Kid. The song plays in the scene where Sheriff Colin Baker, an ally of Pat Garret has been shot by Billy the Kid; Baker and his wife are down by a riverside in the final moments of his life and his death actually takes place offscreen.
So you could say that the song is about endings and death, but if you change your thinking slightly you could actually say that it’s also about rebirth and new beginnings- the next step on the universal journey. It might mean starting the life you were always meant to lead, it could be starting that new business or job, bringing on a new set of products or launching into a new business sector. It might be more personal, moving in with a partner, getting married, starting a family. But as with all things, for something new to begin something has to end.
In our lives and our businesses, there will be many deaths and rebirths, old ideas and concepts die hard, but they make way for the new ones. Yes, we could be afraid of change, but that fear isn’t going to stop those changes from coming to pass. So, why not embrace it as something new with potential to grow?
We started our businesses to change our lives, was it to enrich them? To get away from a scenario that was holding us back? Maybe we wanted to readdress our life/work balance, but in a very real way what we’re all trying to do is get our own little slice of heaven. Where things come together and fit just right.
So here’s the lesson for us- we’re conditioned to see the endings and to be fearful of them, to fight against them, to hold onto what we had before and not let it go, but each and every ending has to happen at exactly that moment for our new beginning to form. Sometimes it might indeed be painful, but it was always going to happen! You can choose to embrace and wallow in pain of loss, or you can choose to take it as a lesson in life, learn from it, analyse its’ cause, absorb it, then consign it to where it has to be… the past. Leave it there and move onto the adventure, the new opportunity, apply the lessons the past have imparted on you and before you know it, the next knocking you hear could very well be you knocking on the door of the heaven you have been seeking to create.