“It all goes away. Eventually, everything goes away.”
— Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat, Pray, Love)
Death makes room for birth
Space makes room for newness
Of course, when people and animals that we love go away the pain and emptiness that is left in their wake changes us forever
But imagine if it didn’t all go away – children would never leave for college, marriage or new adventures; pets living forever would allow no room for more to be adopted and loved,; how would the wisdom that ripens with age ever be found if we were eternally young; if we held onto our childhood beliefs, how could we become the ones to put the money under our child’s pillow from the tooth fairy, buy the gifts from Santa or chase the monsters from under their beds; how would we ever become the adults if our parents lived their youth forever?
Remembering what was may bring a sweet, tingling feeling but holding on, trying to go back in time leaves us stagnant, hopeless and depressed.
This moment is all that was ever promised, and it is all that is truly real, everything else exists only in memories or dreams.
Take time to mourn the losses, to experience and heal from the hurt, pain and sadness, and then open the windows of your heart and mind and allow the freshness of life in, let it help you to let go and live.