Time to say good bye is almost always sad. Overwhelming emotions and surging memories remind you of the good times spent together. Those years of sharing, the days of togetherness, the moments of rubbing each other the wrong way, those kodak occasions when we make pleasant memories. All these come to us as the parting time is round the bend. But is it going different ways or do such occasions give birth to a new beginning, a relationship on a different platform, an understanding at a higher level. It’s distances that give a better vision, a clearer perspective and way better understanding. Don’t they say absence makes the heart grow fonder? Certainly! That’s what I appreciate about farewells- a heartfelt wish that spells -may you ‘fare well’! Times ahead are a promise of a new beginning, a transition of the status quo that may have allowed ennui and lack of feelings or perhaps a general taking for granted kind of an attitude towards each other. So a change is good. It must happen. In Alfred Lord Tennyson’s words
“The old order changeth yielding place to the new”
The line taken from “The Passing of Arthur” continues:
And God fulfills himself in many ways
Lest one good custom should corrupt the world.
Comfort thyself: what comfort is in me?
I have lived my life;and that which I have done
May he within himself make pure but thou
If thou shouldst never see my face again
Pray for my soul. More things are wrought by prayer
than this world dreams of.”