After 16 years here in Atlanta as an adult, I am amazed at the number of people who have come and gone through my life during that time period. God merges our paths and then separates us. All the while I must choose thankfulness. I wish I could hold onto every friend forever. But that’s impossible.
Even though technology allows us to connect when apart, nothing adequately replaces meeting face to face and sharing a laugh, a cry, a word of encouragement, or just a random story. So when the time comes to say goodbye and part ways, I must relinquish the priceless presence of my friend.
Part of the friendship process is often letting go.
Alfred, Lord Tennyson said after the death of a dear friend, “Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.” How true! Though I do not relish saying goodbye, I never regret the investment we made in each other. Again and again, I have discovered that their influence on me continues and our memories together pleasantly come to mind. So, in a very real sense, my friends remain with me though we are miles apart.