Does a goodbye need to be sad?

screen-shot-2017-11-29-at-9-11-16-pmI have said goodbye to loved ones who have died, to homes that I have left, to places that I have visited and to jobs that I have quit, but not every “farewell” has been sad. Although I did not want my father to die, I said goodbye when his fight with cancer was over. Often I left one home or a job for another one and was excited for this change. Every time, I am lucky enough to travel to a new place, I say goodbye to that adventure. When my daughters strike out on their own, I miss them but letting go is a good thing.

In addition to saying goodbye to people, places or things, what about saying goodbye to behaviors or patterns of thought? I said goodbye to low self-esteem. I said adios to criticizing myself. I said au revoir to falling in love with needy people. The list could go on. Change is important for my learning and personal growth, and there are so many habits that I am happy that I stopped doing as I have grown and matured. Saying goodbye to people, places, things and behaviors is vital to become the person who I am meant and want to be. Even though it may be difficult, it is not always sad to say goodbye.

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