Sometimes a loss is "self-inflicted". It is letting go.
What does letting go mean? To release or to let go of a situation, an individual or even a memory that we are familiar with means moving out of the comfort zone. This is not an easy step for most people. It can generate a sense of fear and the courage required is not easily mustered.
When and why to let go? The journey through life is made up of many steps and as we move forward it is often necessary to leave certain steps behind and therefore releasing or letting go is inevitable. As I have heard it said "if you take each step with you, you will be too encumbered to get to move forward; furthermore, by not leaving the steps accessible to others you make it impossible for them to climb the same staircase.” I am paraphrasing and unfortunately do not know who first uttered those very wise words but I heard them today from my yoga teacher as he bid adieu to our group. He is moving on and although I am sad, I am also very happy for him because it means that he is evolving and going into new territory.
That’s how life is! It is not static. It is constantly vibrating and expanding and my yoga teacher is in step, in harmony with that. He is not afraid, or if he is then his courage outweighs his fears. He is letting go of us, of this step.
Raison d’être - It is at this point, in similar situations that we can reflect upon human interactions and how the length of the road that we travel with an individual is unique. With some our journey is long, perhaps as long as a lifetime whereas with others it may be as short as the time it takes to flash a warm smile. But they all have a purpose, a reason for being. Reflect upon the time together and the reason for this occurrence will come to you. It can be a source of joy or at least a source of comfort; we had an impact on one another and the interaction, hopefully, was positive. And that is often the sole purpose of the moment, of that stretch of road travelled together.