After A While...

Real Estate Agent
After a While
By Veronica A. Shoffstall

My mom clipped this out of the Buffalo News (from an Ann Landers post I believe) and slipped into a gift she gave me years ago.  I can't recall exactly when it was or what the gift was but I know I had recently gone through a batch of heartaches.  I cried when I read it and still tear up.  But to this day, the words give me the strength to lift my head up and know that I am strong.

I've carried it with me through college in my planner, transferred it to a journal that never happened and it currently resides in a notebook that collects tidbits that inspire me.  My mom is all about grace and class.  You either have it or you don't.  And if you do have it, you can easily fall from it.  My mom raised me with grace and class; they're two qualities I strive to maintain daily.  I know how rare they are and how quickly you can lose them.  Don't let goodbyes make them waver.

Goodbyes don't have to be solely mean ended romantic relationships.  Any "goodbye" can challenge your emotions and test your strength: leaving a job/career, relocating cities, death of loved ones or even giving up a bad habit.  Goodbyes are not the challenge.  The challenge is finding the grace to pull yourself from the sorrow, grasp at why you experienced this goodbye and learn.

With every goodbye we learn.

Comments (4)

Rene Fabre
First American Title - Seattle, WA
Marketing in the Digital Age

Hi Sarah... That's some pretty powerful prose by Veronica Shoffstall. I'd say it's also true for men too. I think goodbyes are probably the toughest, yet, and I need to remind myself on occasion, to dwell on the sorrow is kind of selfish and serves no one. Indeed, to have the grace to keep going, lay the burden down, find the wherewithal to smile again and to engage life today... Well, she say's it best, and you learn and learn. Thanks for sharing this.

Jul 14, 2014 10:25 AM
Sarah Lynn Jaskowski
Williamsville, NY
House. Home. Today.

Thanks for stopping by Rene.  It has gotten me through several rough patches that poem.  And I agree with you, its true for men too.  I think everyone should read it. I'm sure it'd comfort many and help other move on.

Jul 14, 2014 09:50 PM
Vickie Bennett

Where is a print I can buy? I lived by these thoughts for about 20 years. Now I need a replacement. Please help me find s copy. Thank you.

Jun 20, 2018 02:37 PM

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