“Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened.” Dr. Seuss
Missing someone has to be the worst feeling to experience. Over the past several months, I've had to say goodbye to some pretty special people in my life. I would rather not have any more practice at saying goodbye, if you don't mind, please.
There are two sides to goodbye...the one leaving and the one being left. I started thinking about this more the other day when I realized I've been saying goodbye more this past year than I like...and then further realized it's harder because I'm the one being left. Most of my adult life it's been reversed...I'm the one leaving after a time here or there. Being the one leaving, there's almost always something to look forward to ahead of you. No matter how much it hurts to leave those behind, there's an unknown awaiting that brings excitement. Being the one left, brings a void...and it seems unfillable. Normal isn't normal anymore.
So, here I am redefining my normal...missing the ones who have gone on to new places and other things. Happy for them...knowing God is going to use them where they are now, but missing them and dealing with the void in their place. I like the quote above from Dr. Suess. It makes alot of sense to me.
Today, I start smiling again...
Ecclesiastes 3:1 "To every thing there is a season and a time to every purpose under the heaven."