I realize this is usually something people absolutely dread. I even know a few people that refuse to say those words. While those situations where these words are applicable are never fun, there is something to be grateful for.
The way I see it, if you dread saying goodbye, that means you care about the person. It means you made a connection and you valued their presence.
It may mean that they were a great worker or simply a great friend, but whatever the case may be, their leaving is going to leave a void in your life.
I have had times where I really wasn’t too sad about leaving, and as I look back that is actually a much sadder situation. To have spent any significant amount of time somewhere and not be sad about leaving means that there were no great connections.
People are the best part of life so what a shame if we missed out on an opportunity to connect with people in a new area.
As a military member saying goodbye is a regular occurrence, though it doesn’t make it any easier. But what it does is make you grateful for all of the amazing people you get to meet. That’s why tonight I am grateful for saying goodbye.
What are you grateful for?