Thursday, March 25, 2010

A Longer Hello

Long goodbyes are exhausting. They differ vastly from long hellos - - the former bittersweet; the latter simply sweet.

How sweet it is, then, to have bid my work goodbyes goodbye, and to officially move into the hellos of the new chapter set before me.

Oh, there's an echo still ... but rather quickly it's being consumed by the acoustical softening of life here; life on the other side of goodbye.

I've begun pondering the things I'll do next - a list that's rather swiftly growing quite long. One such item is reading more, so I've begun to set aside the books I'll dig into in the the days ahead.

As I was searching around for the reading companions you'd recognize as bookmarks (a topic that could easily become a blog-post all by itself), I came across several that brought a huge grin to my face; a warmed fire to my heart.

One such reads ...

give up?
our ai
m is
you & God & I ...
with sturdy hearts and
love and determined
daring faith,
we'll move
the world.
you watch.
you wait.
you'll see.
we can.
(By Ann Kiemel)

The bookmark is a tear-off from a greeting card that was given to me by my sister Carol. It's dated May 11, 1983.

And then there's this one, dated August 2003, from my sister Barbara:

God saw a need for tenderness,
companionship, and love;
someone who would be there to
listen and give advice; someone
who would stand up for you and
change a wrong to right;
someone who'd be not just
family, but a friend.
So God made Sisters.

Some hellos are ever-so-familiar, like an anthem's affirmation or a song's refrain. I'll never tire of those exchanged between myself and the precious ones that have graced my life.

Come think of it, most of us here have that in common. We've become family, and now include not just sisters, but brothers as well (a real bonus for those of us that few up as an only, or amidst sisters only).

I take great delight in the longer hellos that are forever mine in the Lord. They help us - you and me - to move the world.

You watch.

You wait.

You'll see.

We can!


Rebecca said...

You're SO right about bookmarks being a whole blog in itself! I liked the Ann Kiemel quote (as I enjoyed her books as an enthusiastic single). Believe it or not, I just picked up 3 free ones that were out on an educators' table at Borders. They had a darling cat on top. One is for my cat-loving friend....the other two for two grandchildren who are planning to visit us this weekend!

Congratulations on your final good-byes and welcome to all the hellos of the future.

Andrea said...

I, too love long hello's! Praising GOD for all HE is doing in and through each of our lives.

Hope you will stop by arise 2 write when you get a chance and read about the Vermont Church Plant. Please pray about sharing this with your friends/family/church/prayer groups/etc.

Blessings and hugs,

christy rose said...

Long hellos!!! That sounds like an awesome way to put it!!! I love Ann Keimel Anderson's writing. It is so inspirational and challenging as she has such a passion for letting God use her wherever she is.
You watch
You wait
You'll see
You can
God's plan is so good! :)

manthano said...

We hope the goodbye is
only to work.

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Good Morning Sweetie...
How wonderful to be starting a new chapter in your life. A new road with many new detours along the way. An adventure to last you the rest of your life. How exciting that is. I am so HAPPY for you sweetie.

I was so hoping you would be able to attend the luncheon this Saturday. I am afraid you are going to move off before I have a chance to add my page into this chapter in your life. I pray you will still think about it.

Have a beautiful say sweetie. Country hugs and much love, Sherry

Debbie said...

Kathleen, I for one can say that you are an excellent listener! I love the sister bookmark that was given to you by Carol.

My email is being repaired today so hopefully I can send you a personal email and get to my contacts in Outlook to reach you. I hadn't realized how much I depend on it. :(

I pray that the Lord will lead you in the direction He has for this season in your life. I want to soak up as much of you while you are here; lol. Being a bit selfish, I know. That's my flesh speaking. :)

Love you,

RCUBEs said...

Love all the quotes you shared. How wonderful you are facing a new chapter in your life. And I know you worked so hard to have reached this goal! May the Lord bless you and continue to guide you in this journey of a lifetime!

Runner Mom said...

I love this analogy, Kathleen! And I am so excited as you begin this new season in your life! Read a book for me, please!!


Kay said...

Yes, new chapters can be rough and goodbye's aren't any fun. But I'm excited to see what God has planned for you next! : )

~*~KIMBERLY~*~ said...

What a wonderful post Kathleen. Thanks for sharing a li'l piece of your day.

Beth.. One Blessed Nana said...

I so enjoyed this today! Sorry you had to say good-bye. Those are hard even in the best of circumstances!

Can't wait to see what God has in store for you now!

Karen Lange said...

Amen. Glad that you shared this:)
Blessings, and Happy Weekend,

Sheryl said...

i am getting ready to say a long good bye. (i just teared up writing that) now i am going to pray that there is a long hello waiting for me on the other side.

love to you!!

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

I completely get this one; already started my goodbyes here but have another 3 months of walking its course before I cut the cord. I suppose we all need it; maybe by then, the send-off will be easier. We'll all be tired of one another.

I can't even begin to make my list of what I want to do. I can't see past all I have to do today, much less contemplate tomorrow or where i might be living or the house I might be living in.

But I can dream a little.


Rose said...

Kathleen, this post is so poignant. You are so right that we have become family here...with all sorts of bonuses..including brothers. You sound like me, saving those bits and pieces of life along the way that touches your heart. This post certainly touched mine. Hugs!

Loren said...

Have sooo enjoyed your visits lately and have missed being here....We are family in this blog world and I miss those when I am away or sickness calls.
I pray your goodbye brings you peace joy even in the sadness of seeing a chapter close.
It has to be exciting as well looking to a new chapter, a new season and a freedom in a whole new way!

Love you Kathleen!

Beth E. said...

So, I'm far down on your list is "Visit Beth in SW Virginia"? :-)

Saleslady371 said...

I just have this feeling that you are going to be busier in your retirement years. I love bookmarks. Charlotte made me some homemade ones with some of my blogposts featured. I gave them as gifts and the reaction was fun!

sonja said...

Oh the chapters in our lives, and how quickly they go by! I know there is both sad and glad anytime there is a change, but I am so hopeful for all God has ahead for you, for each of us.

Excited to see your plans unfold.

BTW, I hadn't heard of Ann Kiemel in so many years, so I have revisited her via her blog. I read her first book SO many years ago and loved her.



Just a little something from Judy said...

This post struck a chord with me. I have made six trips to the different airports in our state to pick up or drop off family and friends. It struck me, as I watched the good byes and hellos that transpired at the curbside, that both are a real part of life. I thought about it quite often, and then I read this post. I can't help but be excited about the long hellos that are ahead for you. It is all a part of the journey. I've been praying for you.

LisaShaw said...

Praying for this incredible season of your life! I love LONG hello's and short goodbyes but I also know when it's time to release something from my hands that GOD can put into my hands the next...

I'm excited for you dear friend. You are a sweet sister and I'm thankful that you are a part of life's long hello's in my world!

I enjoyed the bookmarks and I agree that most can have a blog made from them.

I'm not the "fortune cookie" type but I read one once that I considered writing a blog about.

Love ya!

Terri Tiffany said...

You are such a sweet person. I always come away from here with a word or thought that I carry with me throughout the day. I hope your future days are filled with blessings!