“If you’re brave enough to say goodbye, life will reward you with a new hello.” – Paulo Coelho
Namasté y’all 🙂
I’ve been working at the bungalow village here in Cambodia for a month now and with the guests coming and going so frequently, something in me was triggered. I’ve never been great at goodbyes and would rather hold on to everything I already have now, but here, where I’m constantly saying goodbye to not only guests but to what I’m familiar with, I’m beginning to understand the growth in goodbye.
I meet guests, get close to them, then they leave and continue their journey. Even though I establish these connections then say goodbye suddenly, there’s a growth in the goodbye. The growth, for me, is in letting go and trusting that I’ll meet others, create friendships with others, and will learn something new.
The continual process of letting go and trusting reminds me a lot of yoga. In yoga class, it’s easy to get bogged down in a difficult pose until we understand that we’ll move to another pose soon enough. Even when we don’t like the pose we’re in or we feel it’s too hard, we can be reassured in knowing that we’ll move through it.
—–Same thing with life—–
In life, the only thing we know to be constant is change. Inevitably things and people flow in and out of our life for reasons we may not know or understand. What I have come to understand is that my life long work is accepting those things that move in and out of my life by saying goodbye to whatever leaves and hello to whatever comes (on and off my mat).
I’ve seen the picture below a lot on social media and it makes me think of the growth in saying goodbye. What if we said goodbye to that thing we’re holding on so tightly to for something better in return?
Maybe goodbye to a pessimistic mindset, negative people in your life, or a fear holding you back? Whatever it may be for you, I’ll be working on growing through my goodbyes and would love it if you’d join me 🙂
Please comment below and share your thoughts on saying goodbye or let me know if you have any questions, comments, or just want to say hi 🙂