Home words Goodbye.


February 22, 2013
I learned something yesterday in mission prep that I absolutely loved. We were talking about language, about how you use words daily and don’t even think twice about them or where they come from.
Then my teacher shared that the word goodbye, is derived from the phrase, “God be with ye.”
And in Spanish, when you say adios, it directly translates to mean, “To God.”
So when you say goodbye to something, or someone – when you truly do – you wish it the highest form of happiness and peace.
No matter your religious beliefs or affiliations, you have to admit. That is kind of stunning.
Goodbyes have such a negative connotation sometimes. But when I learned the origin of the word, something in me just went like, Yep. That’s it.
To me, goodbyes aren’t seeya-nevers and they’re not, you’re-not-good-enough-to-be-in-my-life-so-get-outs. They’re just changing seasons. And even if they break your heart, you have to know that if you have the strength to say goodbye, to really mean it, you have the love for that someone or that something to say, it’s in God’s hands. I want what is best for you, and He knows better than me. You give it to God.
And you set it free.
I LOVE that.
(P.s. Can we talk about the sunset tonight? UNREAL. I enjoyed it with good music and one of my favorite friends. Life is a good thing, you know?)

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Maddy February 22, 2013 at 7:02 am

Basically this just made me whole night. Thank you so much.

Shelby February 22, 2013 at 7:03 am

I love you, Maddy girl. You are wonderful. 🙂

Emma Jane February 23, 2013 at 6:02 am

I want every single person I've ever let go if in my life to read this. You are amazing. Let's play this week?

McCall Simmons February 23, 2013 at 6:37 pm

Your writing gives me chills. Ugggh. I love you.

Meg and Mike February 23, 2013 at 8:51 pm

Shelby this is so wonderful. Your posts always make my day! Thanks for sharing:)

Shelby February 23, 2013 at 9:09 pm

this is amazing. that really is just beautiful. i just had to say goodbye to one of my best friends for the next year and a half. it really is the hardest thing, and i find myself becoming bitter about the whole situation. this post has really helped me put things into perspective. so thank you.

Amber February 28, 2013 at 1:11 am

But I don't want you to leave. 🙁

Saralyn March 21, 2013 at 12:20 pm

So. Just read this one. Um, loved it, especially since I'm on my way to saying goodbye to some awesome people and my favorite mountain range. (Is it too bad to say I'm more sad about leaving my mountains? I JUST LOVE NATURE, OKAY?) Anyway. Truly, I'm glad you shared this. You beautiful thing.


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