“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” ~Dr. Seuss
I came across this quote last week and it’s such a great reminder about perspective and also about how to handle ending. Since endings are a part of every life, it feels that this quote from Dr. Seuss is applicable for all of us.
There are a number of things that come to an end:
- A season of life
- An event
- A place we enjoy visiting
- A business we enjoy frequenting
- A friendship
- A life
To be clear, some of the endings on this list are more impactful than others, and deserve tears as part of the healing process. That said, I think that remembering the experience or the person lost with smile, and gratitude for the experience, helps us move forward in away that allows us to remain open to new people and experiences yet to come. What a shame it would be to close ourselves off to trying new things or getting close to people because we are afraid of the tears that may come with loss.
Dr. Seuss’s quote also reminds me that I don’t have to wait until something is over to smile about it. I can do so even while it’s happening. 😊