The Ghost of Unfinished Business

Lonely Ghost by Leah Johnston

Many legends exist where the undead come back to haunt the living because they’ve left behind some “unfinished business” from their life before.

The idea that we must “finish business” is obviously a pretty powerful force if we fear our mortal souls may not rest until we do it.

A desire so powerful should certainly be paid attention to before it’s too late.

Like a familiar song cut off in the middle, it is my belief that we secretly long for resolution in all aspects of our lives.

As far as I can tell, there are two possible conclusions to any project that bring about this feeling of resolution:
1) completing the task
2) quitting the task, fully and wholeheartedly

To do the first is the most rewarding.

But this isn’t always preferable, especially if the task turns out to be something not to be worth doing at all. Completing an unimportant task may feel satisfying, but ultimately it is a complete waste of time and energy.

In these cases, it is better to jump as quickly as possible to choice #2. (More on this in the next post). Once a task is identified to be unworthy, commit to quitting it, and don’t ever look back.

But before we consider these two outcomes, we should consider whether the entire project is worth starting at all. Quitting before we begin can save us a lot of grief in the long run.

For the worst thi​ng we can do, is start a task and then abandon it and avoid making a decision. Then, the project enters the realm of unfinished, which will haunt us incessantly, like a ghost.


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