The importance of saying Goodbye

by inspire on September 3, 2008

Last Friday evening a young man, with love and gratitude in his heart, bent over and kissed his beloved Mother to say goodbye. His Mother making herself more comfortable in her favourite chair turned on the TV to watch her favourite program. As she settled into her chair she heard her son close the front door behind him.

There are millions of moments in our lives which we just take for granted never really being fully present to the beauty and magic that is all around us. Sometimes we rush out the door on our loved ones never saying goodbye or connecting in any real way. Sometimes we don’t allow ourselves to really enjoy whats truly important – nourishing our relationships, being loving and kind to people, sharing our talents, sharing whatever we have to share.

A distinguised pioneer in integrative medicine Dr Joan Boryesenko said one time -
“The question is not whether we will die, but how we will live.”

Let this week be a week in which you choose to live from the highest part of yourself. Let it be a week in which you choose to be fully present to the beauty and magic that is all around you and indeed that is within you. Go the extra mile for someone. Create a beautiful moment for someone, a moment which will resonate postively in their lives and yours for years to come. And most importantly make sure you take time this week to say goodbye to people as you part company. And make sure in your thoughts, words and/or deeds you wish them well and send them your love.

Yesterday evening as I piped in front of the hearse for this mans beloved Mother the grey clouds in the sky cleared revealing a most beautiful rainbow. I knew this lady was special. I knew this even more when the priest during her eulogy said: “she had given many years of service to her family and the community”.

Last Saturday morning the son returned to visit his beloved Mother. She was still sitting in her favourite chair with the TV on. As her son approached her, his heart grew heavy and his eyes filled with tears, as he realised his beloved Mother had passed away during the night.

Remember to say goodbye to those you love this week. None of us know when we will be called from this life.

Carpe Diem!

Sean M Kelly

PS: Dru Yoga class commences Tues 9th Sept in Milltown Park, Dublin. Click here for details and to reserve your place

PS: Celebrate Peace on September 11th in a concert with Terry Oldfield & Soraya and supported by myself. It will be a wonderful evening to be fully present and connect with the highest part of yourself. To reserve your place go to Watch Terry & Soraya perform in the video below:

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Annette Norris September 4, 2008 at 10:41 pm

I love your story of saying ‘goodbye’ to those you love. When my son was very young he hated saying “goodbye” to anyone. He just never seemed to like it. Even at 2 years old when a child learns to wave goodbye, my son refused to wave. For him it meant someone was leaving him and he didn’t like that. He is now 31 years old. We’ve had to say goodbye so many times and every time, would you believe, there are always tears. The tears for me are gratitude for the love and connection I feel for him, and the tears for him are but a reflection of that love he feels for me. I’m grateful to have a son who knows the value behind saying “goodbye”…

Sean September 5, 2008 at 4:12 am

Great to have a Mothers perspective on saying goodbye and such a loving one at that, thanks

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