When I was 7 or 8, I witnessed a scene that left a lasting impression on me. My mum was cleaning our house for about two hours. I was fairly young and not able to help yet, but old enough to appreciate how hard she worked. Sweat trickled down her temples and onto the wooden floor which she methodically wiped away with an old grey sack we used to wash the floors with. When she got to the bottom of the stairs, she stopped to take a break, leaving a bucket of dirty water and the old sack by the entrance door.
Within five minutes of her completing the task, I heard a noise in the front garden. A relative of ours showed up unannounced. Guests come without warning in Azerbaijan, and they are treated like gods. People are house-proud and it used to annoy me no end that we had to clean every day and have a stash of sweets ready just in case someone turned up without warning.
I rushed down the stairs to give this aunty a hug by the entrance door, when I glimpsed a disapproving look on her face.
‘Are we interrupting? It looks like you are cleaning the house.’
‘No,’ I said. ‘Mum has finished a couple of minutes ago.’
‘But she left this here?’ she said, her round face with pink cheeks betraying incredulity. The corners of her thin lips pressed down and the nostrils of her large nose flared. I fidgeted on the spot, realising that all my mum’s hard work of cleaning got cancelled out by her not finishing the task.
For many years to come, every time I finished cleaning the house, I remembered this aunt’s expression. However tired I felt, never once did I leave a bucket outside. At some level, I must have made a vow to never leave things unfinished; otherwise, all the work you put in simply doesn’t count.
I don’t know whether it was this incident that formed this habit in me, but I always complete what I begin. This is not to say completions come easily to me. I work hard and sometimes it takes longer than I would have liked, but I get there.
I’m pleased to say that I have two completions to report today. I’m now a certified Compassion Key facilitator. We had our celebratory call on 16 August, and now it’s official. I’m over the moon that six months of hard work and over 70 hours of practice sessions later, I’m certified!
To celebrate, I’ve prepared a new offering called ‘The Joy of Completion’. If you’ve been struggling to finish a project (a book, story, play, or just about anything you’ve begun and can’t see it through), then check it out. Our projects can be viewed as a proxy for our life. In my experience,
unfinished business often equals an unfinished book.
I’m making introductory offers not to be missed. They are valid until 5 September. This is a very special offering because it’s in full alignment with my values. Let me help you to experience the joy of completion. Oh, and if you know someone else who could benefit from this, then please share.