Life is like one of those teachers who scare the living daylights out of you, but earns your respect for life.
This year, Life has offered me many opportunities to say good-bye.
Grace and discernment are two qualities that I’ve become very conscious of during the past year or so. Little did I know when I tacked that little nugget of wisdom to the fridge, that I would turn to that saying over and over again, especially the, “…how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you.”
That’s a hard one. Mostly because we’re never really sure, are we darlings? Grace is one thing, but the discernment to know what or whom is meant for you is an entirely different ball game. It’s like you prepare for a game of football, and show up to find out that you’re playing badminton.
Life is a wonderful journey filled with surprises. The trick is to be able to stay curious and hopeful when the future remains unclear.
What I’ve learned about good-byes are that many of them are not really good-byes, they’re more like, ‘see you later’s’, or, ‘bye for now’s’.
Even the good-byes we look forward to are often just temporary absences until we’re presented with something from the past that needs some more attention. As we grow up, mature, and reach out, our worlds become smaller as we meet more and more people.
Death, break-ups, and career changes. I’ve experienced them all this year, and the fat lady of 2015 hasn’t finished singing yet.
Wishing you the grace to let go of the things that aren’t meant for you, and the ability to let go of trying to figure out if they really were.
Breathe in, breathe out, move on.