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Goodbye, but not quite yet
by Grace Namwandi
12/07/06
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Goodbyes can be really painful sometimes. the death of a friend, leaving loved ones behind, breaking up and many more types of goodbyes.
Goodbyes may also mean hope for the future. Leaving the past behind to step into the future is a promise of new moments in time.
You cannot say hallo without having somewhere along the line said goodbye.
Goodbyes are a part of our lives we cannot erase because even life itself ends with a goodbye.

We say goodbye everyday without saying a single word. Everytime you walk through a door, you say goodbye to the room you have just left, to the atmosphere it held, you say goodbye to a moment.
The moment before you left the room is one you'll never catch again. It becomes the past, so the best is to live the present moment consciously before it passes you by like the smell of sweet perfume. Live the moment and thank the Lord for each day, each moment, minute, second that you get to live, and say goodbye to regrets.

Everytime the sun sets, you say goodbye to the day. that particular day becomes a part of your past. Everytime the sun rises, you say hallo to the future, to a new beginning.
Yesterday is gone forever and whatever had happened then, good or bad would only be a memory.

Where there's death, ther's birth, a flower would wilt, but come spring, it would bloom. Where there's a day, there was a night and where there's making up, there was a breaking up.

The past year was a very painful one for me. I had lost loved ones and I didn't even get the opportunity to say a final goodbye. It hurt me very much but later when my heart was starting to heal step by step, I started to think maybe God had wanted it to be that way. One of these people was my much loved Grandmother and my aunty who died after a short illness. Maybe God wanted me to remember her as the strong woman that she was.
Here's a poem I had written when I just didn't understand why:

If I had known that you would leave
I would have stayed for one goodbye
I would have dined with you, I would have smiled,
I would have cherished time with you.

I would have laughed with you,
cried with you,
I would have even held your hand.

How I long to hold you tight, to kiss your cheek,
to hear your laughter one more time

But now you're gone,
I'll wish in vain,
It's one of those things,
One cannot change.

If only I had known you'd go,
I would have...maybe said goodbye.

suppagrace@hotmail.com





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Becky Hellwig 16 Apr 2007
Grace, this is a great article. Thanks for your encouraging word. Love, Berlin Becky




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