Blog 1281 – 03.13.2019
“See You Later”
When, one begins to approach the Bible’s “Three score and ten,” or seventy, it seems like every day has become the anniversary of saying “See you later” to a precious friend, family member, or a loved one. I believe all three to be quite synonymous really, being the same, all loved. There are so many moments that one recalls of tender and heart-tearing good-byes that we hoped would be longer in coming. Our turn too is just around the bend as these departing friends remind us and we wonder how long before our friends will be waving a fond farewell to us.
I particularly like the term “See you later” but however we say it – good-bye, adios, adieu, aloha, arrivederci, Alf wiedesehen, au revoir, bon voyage, it is never easy to let those we love go. Fathers, daughters, sons, wives, husbands, life long friends, or even new but dear and special people we barely met. They all leave much of their selves with us but also take a part of our heart with them when they leave us.
It is only the hope of someday seeing them again that assuages the pain a little and causes us to smile a little anytime something reminds of us our dearly departed beloved. Some years ago I saw the movie The Departed and as violent as it was it was still quite touching for even the “bad guys” reverenced their own dearly departed. This is one thing we all have in common, and are not that different after all.
Not That Different
It is written, “It is appointed unto man once to die and after that the judgement.” In my opinion the man who wrote that got it half right. We all have to die but using just the slightest judgement of our own would cause us to realize that this has above all else been a learning adventure in loving not a trial to determine our next destination as some I think erroneously have been taught. I was too, but somethings are best unlearned. Loving is not one of them, nor thinking that “Bye, bye” is forever.
We will see those we love again and so it is a good thing to start loving everybody now. As it will certainly not only make this adventure more fun but the next one a real hoot. There is a good chance that I will not get around to meeting everyone who reads this face to face this go round, though I do hope to as many as I can. And some, perhaps several of you that I have, I may not see again on this shore. But I say with all the love that I can muster, “I’ll see you later.”
Your friend and fellow traveler,