“You can’t hold on to people any more than you can hold on to a cool breeze on a hot day, or a break of sunshine in the clouds that warms your bare skin. A real connection between two individuals is a natural phenomenon not unlike the 360-degree view of from the top of one of the Rocky Mountains, the aspens glowing green in the height of summer. Or the sight of a million bright stars in the night sky, in the middle of the countryside, miles and miles from anywhere. No photograph or keepsake could ever do it justice. So you enjoy it the only way it can be enjoyed – in the moment, savoring it now, bottling a little bit of it in your mind for the future. And when it’s time to let it go you do so gracefully, knowing that with its memory, your life is full of more color and beauty.”

From The Art of Saying Goodbye

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