Letting go can be hard, hellos are much easier.
I have had my share of hellos and goodbyes in life, from the death of close loved ones to many friendships drifting apart or ending through challenge. I would probably say I tend to embrace relationships changing more gracefully than many because I have had many end.
Not everyone is meant to be our friends for a lifetime. Many friendships are with us for a reason and/or a season. Sometimes we come into someone's world to help shift their perspective and set them on a new path, or they are to do the same for us. Sometimes friendships drift in on a breeze and are not meant to be friends just passing acquaintances on this path of life, the key is in the passing.
We can fight against endings or we can embrace them and recognise all endings are also new beginnings. Question why something ended, if it was right to end, are we fighting against 'what is' or struggling to come to terms with the natural unfolding of life that meant that particular friendship was a season.
All in all, everything happens for a reason and it is far less stressful if we can release, grieve the letting go, and allow the new to fill its space. We are not heartless if we release people, often we are doing what needs to be done.
So go easy on yourself if you are coming to the end of a season/reason with someone, it's all part of the divine plan unfolding.
How are you with endings and goodbyes?
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