Friendship and community are, first of all, inner qualities.
~ Henri Nouwen (1932-1996)
Priest, Writer, Professor at
Notre Dame, Harvard and Yale
When you say the word good-bye, what are you feeling and thinking? Do you want to be separated from the other person, the “good-bye and good riddance” feeling, or do you want to remain connected even when apart?
Good-byes can be bridge builders that keep us connected even when we are apart. In some ways they maintain a spiritual and emotional tie between you and the person you said good-bye to. Think about your intentions when you say good-bye, and you will be able to remain in touch with the people you relate to in the world, no matter how far apart you are.
We have to remember that consciousness is not local, and when we wish goodness for others we help it to happen. Keep others in your thoughts and prayers and help them to experience a good-bye. Good things are more likely to come to them because of how you act after you say good-bye.
Remember to build bridges with your words and thoughts, and that will keep you connected to the people in your life.