June 4      

Today's quotation:

Don't be dismayed at goodbyes.  A farewell is necessary before you can meet again.  And meeting again, after moments or lifetimes, is certain for those who are friends.

Richard Bach

Today's Meditation:

We have to say good-bye in life.  We can see those good-byes as tragic occasions if we focus on the loss, or we can see them as joyous if we focus on the opportunities we've had to get to know someone well-- and the opportunities that will come in the future for all concerned because change is in the air.

Whenever I see a friend whom I haven't seen in a very long time, I'm amazed to find that it seems like no time has passed at all.  No distance has been between us, and no changes have pulled us apart from each other.  When the friendship is true, it feels as if we had been together just the day before-- except that we have more stories to tell each other.

I've seen many people treat a farewell as one of the most tragic things we can experience.  They seem to be unable to imagine that life can be as rich without a certain person around.  They've forgotten, though, that life is as rich as we make it-- each one of us, individually, make our lives rich or poor.  A farewell is nothing more than a "see you later," for if we really are eternal beings then there's no real parting from each other at all.

If we look clearly at the situation, we can see that saying good-bye to some people can help us and them to move on to new things, new people, and new learning.  Often, staying together can be the worst thing of all for some people.  So don't worry about saying good-bye-- it's not forever.  And it can lead to many rich experiences that probably wouldn't have happened otherwise.

Questions to consider:

What about good-byes is hard for you?

How nice are reunions with friends for you?  Would they ever happen without good-byes?

Why are good-byes harder for some people than for others?

For further thought:

We only part to meet again.

John Gay

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