Saying Goodbye

By Fr. Joe Eruppakkatt SSP on 24-10-2011

“Goodbyes are not forever; Goodbyes are not the end; they simply
mean I'll miss you, Until we meet again!” (Author Unknown)

Saying goodbye to those whom we love is one of the
hardest things to do. That’s why someone rightly asked: “Why does it take only
a minute to say hello and forever to say goodbye?”  We meet people in order to part one day, and
sometimes we part in order to meet again. But what if the people who have somehow
become part of our lives never cross our path in this life again? Flavia Weedn
says: “Some people come into our lives and quickly go, some stay for a while,
leave footprints on our hearts, and we are never, ever the same.”  Thus when we bid goodbye, we are at a loss to
explain how much those people meant to us and how much we are going to miss
them. The real treasures we posses in this life are the people who have come
into our lives and made some difference to us by showering us with their
genuine love and helping us grow. George Eliot says: “Only in the agony of
parting do we look into the depths of love.”

Monday Musings came to you through Indian Thoughts’ Share
& Learn uninterrupted for more than two years now. With this issue of
Monday Musings, I am taking a break from sharing my thoughts through Monday
Musings. Many of you have been constantly encouraging me with your comments and
suggestions. This exercise also has made me grow in many ways, and I came to
know many people through this great programme called Share & Learn. Thanks
to Indian Thoughts and to all of you, my readers. I hope to come back to you
with another form of sharing in future, if God wills. I am also bidding goodbye
to one of the greatest cities of the world, London, and its people, as I am
given a transfer back to another great city, Mumbai, which always remains
closest to my heart. God bless you all.

“May the road rise up to
meet you, may the wind be ever at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your
face and the rain fall softly on your fields. And until we meet again, may God
hold you in the hollow of his hand.” (An Irish
Blessing).

About The Author

Fr. Joe Eruppakkatt SSP

Fr. Joe Eruppakkatt SSP is a Catholic priest of the Society of St Paul. He has been engaged in media activities for several years as General Editor of ST PAULS Mumbai. He believes in God's gift of beauty and goodness in every human being, in nature and in every religious tradition, and shares his views and opinions with others.