Endings aren't easy. But they don't have to be hard, either. I've moved many, many times in my life, and so I've learned a thing or two about endings. What I know is that I can focus on what makes me sad or what makes me feel good. It's important to give the sadness its due, but to linger there is not productive. And it certainly doesn't feel good.
Part of what makes life so beautiful is the opportunities we're continually presented, and if we don't take advantage of those opportunities, we never experience anything new. And part of experiencing something new is saying goodbye to the "old." The way I've learned to do this is through gratitude - gratitude for all the experiences I've had, the people I've met, the places I've been to. Gratitude that I can feel sad about leaving a place - how lovely is that?? Gratitude for the sadness at saying au revoir (never goodbye) to so many good people. Gratitude for all I've been given to be able to say I love a place. And gratitude to know that I will feel the same way about the next place, too.
Life is good. It's really good. Leaving a place and people you love isn't easy, but even that sadness can feel good, when it's wrapped in gratitude. Change is inevitable, the one constant in life, and we always have a choice in how we handle it. We can move through it kicking and screaming and crying, or we can shed our tears of sadness and gratitude, knowing that it's all just a part of this fabulous journey.
I, on my journey, am grateful. I invite you to join me in that gratitude today.