The invitation to come and say good-bye was given, many came and blessed my heart.

Sadly the time of good-byes is often the time you realize the value your life has been to another. Why is it hard for people to express their true feelings? Why do we send flowers and words of gratitude after a person has died and not while they are living?

Feelings: There was a tiny fragment of sorrow offset by a deep contented joy which sprang from having shared our lives together. As each person departed, see you later seemed more appropriate than good-bye. 

Thoughts: Not everyone is healthy enough to express their feelings and say good-bye. This fact inspires me to continue to be real with people and encourage them to do likewise. It is sometimes difficult to look into another’s eyes and say, “Thank you for sharing your life with me. I am a better person for having crossed your path.” Do it anyway.

According to Webster Good-bye is an exclamation used to express good wishes when parting or at the end of a conversation. It’s origin was from the late 16th century contraction of God be with you!Rather than wishing you good wishes, I know it would serve you best if…

God be with you!

Sharon L. Nash