I’ve been giving a lot of thought to changes, particularly beginnings and endings. Recently my grandmother fell ill, and I was reminded yet again of the eternal cycle of hello goodbye. When grandma was admitted to the hospital, her doctors said she would live only a few more days. Family members rushed to say goodbye. That was almost two months ago now. Although goodbye will come, no one knows exactly when. Today, grandma is still smiling, still laughing, telling us she doesn’t know either. One thing we do know, we must make the most of our time between each hello and goodbye. Isn’t that the most rewarding knowledge of all?
Beginnings and endings – punctuation marks, dotting the paragraphs that make up the story of our lives. Let the punctuation marks do their job, but focus on creating the best life in between. A script filled with happiness, sadness, ups, downs, lots of questions, not so many answers… all leading to growth, openness, hope, love. Everything worth remembering from yesterday, doing today, and dreaming for tomorrow.
The eternal cycle of hello goodbye reminds me to always thoughtfully create the story of my own life, weaving colorful words through whatever punctuation points comes along in life. Joy is not found in the stops and starts of hello goodbye. Joy is in the middle, the flow, the now. That is the sweet and simple secret every hello and goodbye hides inside.
I took this photo sitting by the wide blue ocean at Moonlight Beach near my grandma’s home, as the sun said goodbye again today. Then the moon said hello. How can I be sad that the radiant sun has said goodbye when the shining moon says hello? So goes the flow of hello goodbye, forever perfect in glorious detail.
Friends in Brazil have recently been having to say goodbye to loved ones there, too. Like me, they say they’ve been watching the sun and moon and stars and pondering the cycle of life. They sent me a sweet note about finding strength from the words in the Portuguese-language edition of my book Open Your Mind, Open Your Life (Abra Sua Mente, Abra Sua Vida). If you enjoy the good fortune to have a Brazilian friend, then you know how Brazilian people savor each moment of life, celebrating every hello and goodbye as if it was their first and their last, cherishing every moment in between. Good reminders for us all!